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Maryland is Now Declared Stroke Smart

Maryland has recently announced that it is a "Stroke Smart State". Additionally, the following counties have all released proclamations announcing that they are dedicated to being Stroke Smart:

  • Frederick County
  • Town of LaPlata
  • Carroll County
  • Westminster County
  • Baltimore City
  • Baltimore County
  • Prince Georges County
  • Anne Arundel County
  • St Mary's County
  • Harford County
  • Talbot County
  • Charles County
  • Calvert County
  • Dorchester County
  • Caroline County
  • Queen Anne’s County

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

*Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke. Effective treatments exist that can leave stroke patients without deficits, but too often, people fail to recognize the signs and symptoms in time to benefit from these interventions. **During a stroke, two million brain cells die every minute, underscoring the urgency of starting treatment within a few hours of symptom onset. The best outcomes occur when individuals arrive at a suitable hospital immediately after symptoms begin.

Unfortunately, many people either contact their primary care physician first or wait, hoping symptoms will resolve on their own. The key to minimizing brain damage from stroke is to call 911 immediately. Not all hospitals are equipped to administer treatment, but EMS personnel are trained to identify the hospitals capable of providing the necessary care 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

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What does Stroke Smart Success look like?

Stroke Smart efforts are gaining momentum nationwide, spearheaded by Northern Virginia leading the way. This 3-minute video about Stroke Smart Virginia illustrates the motivation and methods for this initiatives meaningful work of making each community Stroke Smart, and captures the successes of Stroke Smart State.

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