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Maryland is Now Declared Stroke Smart

Maryland has recently announced that it is a "Stroke Smart State". Already, Frederick County and La Plata have released proclamations announcing that they are dedicated to being Stroke Smart.

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*Strokes affect 1 in 6 Americans and are the #1 cause of disability in the U.S.

*Someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds. Although highly effective treatments exist which may leave a stroke patient with no deficits, too many of us do not recognize the signs and symptoms of stroke in time to benefit from the interventions. **Two million brain cells die every minute during a stroke; treatment must begin within just a few hours after symptoms begin. The best outcomes after treatment occur for people who arrive at the appropriate hospital immediately after symptoms begin. Many people call their primary care physician for help first or lie down thinking their symptoms will go away. The key to minimizing brain damage from stroke is calling 911 immediately! Not all hospitals can administer treatment. EMS personnel knows which hospital can treat you and can get you there quickly, and safely.

*SOURCE: Stroke Facts, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
**SOURCE: "Time is Brain— Quantified", American Heart Association Journal | Why Minutes Matter, Dignity Health

Stroke Smart Success

What does Stroke Smart Success look like?

Stroke Smart efforts are accelerating across the country, with Northern Virginia leading the way. This 3-minute video about Stroke Smart Virginia presents the motivation and methods for undertaking the meaningful work of making each community Stroke Smart. The video shows what Stroke Smart success looks like.