Stroke A Leading Cause Of Death In Arkansas


Arkansas has one of the highest death rates from stroke in the nation. In the United States, someone has a stroke every 40 seconds, and one in six people worldwide will have a stroke in their lifetime. In recognition of World Stroke Day on October 29, the Arkansas Department of Health  urges Arkansans to learn the stroke warning signs, since bystanders often need to act fast in an emergency.

Arkansas is working to make strides in the treatment of acute stroke through the four primary stroke centers (UAMS, Baptist, Mercy, and Washington Regional hospitals), AR SAVES telestroke system, Mercy telestroke program, and the new Arkansas Stroke Ready Hospital (ArSRH) designation program.

“Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability in Arkansas. If people know the signs and act in time, the effects of stroke can be reversed,” said Appathurai Balamurugan, MD, DrPH, State Chronic Disease Director and Medical Director for the ADH Chronic Disease Branch. “Through our work with the hospitals and Emergency Medical Services, we hope to improve quality of stroke care among Arkansans with this devastating condition.”   MORE


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