May is National Stroke Awareness Month

May is National Stroke Awareness Month

Stroke is the 5th leading cause of death in the United States and is a major cause of adult disability. About 800,000 people in the United States have a stroke each year. Be sure to know the signs and symptoms of a stroke, so you can be prepared to take quick action and perhaps save a life.

Signs of Stroke in Men and Women:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking, or difficulty understanding speech
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance, or lack of coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause
  • Call 9-1-1 immediately if you or someone else has any of these symptoms.

Medicare covers Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) care to help you recover from a stroke after a 3-day related hospital stay. SNF care is health care given when you need skilled nursing or therapy staff to manage, observe, and evaluate your care. A SNF could be part of a nursing home or hospital. Medicare certifies these facilities if they have the staff and equipment to give skilled nursing care, therapy services, and/or related health services.