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"Silent Killer" Stalks Nevadans

May 14, 2010

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Only heart disease and cancer kill more Americans than stroke. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot, or bursts. During May, American Stroke Month, Jason Belland, executive director of the Las Vegas Division of the American Heart and Stroke Association, wants Nevadans to know all they can about the risk factors and warning signs.

"Whether it's the difficulty with speech, the sudden severe headache, the numbness arms or legs - it is to immediately call 9-1-1."

Belland says quick action is required in stroke cases - which can affect any age. Beau Biden, the 41-year-old son of Vice President Joe Biden, suffered a mild stroke this week. Belland warns not to ignore the warning signs.

"Unfortunately, I think too many times, those signs and symptoms are associated with stress-related activities, 'oh I might have pulled a muscle in my shoulder and that's why my arm is hurting, or I am stressed out at work, that's why I am getting a severe headache.' "

Belland says you don't want to waste time going to the internet to look up more about strokes. He says at the first sign of stroke symptoms you need to get EMS on the scene and get to an emergency room.

"The window of opportunity for the best outcomes is literally about three hours with a stroke."

Experts say reducing the number of people with high blood pressure by about 50 percent could mean about 120,000 fewer strokes each year.

More information is available at www.americanheart.org.

Mike Clifford, Public News Service - NV