May is American Stroke Month. According to the American Stroke Association, stroke is the nation’s No. 5 killer and a leading cause of long-term disability. The American Stroke Association’s statistics show, on average, someone in the U.S. has a stroke every 40 seconds, and every 4 minutes someone dies from one. A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is interrupted or reduced, depriving brain tissue of oxygen and nutrients. Within minutes, brain cells begin to die. Prompt treatment is crucial to minimize brain damage and potential complications.
On the next Mayo Clinic Radio program, Dr. Robert D. Brown Jr., a neurologist at Mayo Clinic, will discuss the warning signs of stroke and tips for prevention. Also on the program, Dr. Jeannie Sperry, a psychologist at Mayo Clinic, will explain how the Mayo Clinic Pain Rehabilitation Center can help those suffering with chronic pain. And Dr. Karen L. Andrews, a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist at Mayo Clinic, will discuss the challenges faced by amputees and how rehabilitation can help with the physical, emotional and social challenges they face.
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