More than 700,000 people suffer from a stroke each year in the United States. Strokes are the fourth leading cause of death in the United States and the most common cause of long-term disability. One American dies of a stroke every four minutes.
It is thought that sensory stimulation, i.e.: gentle touching of the face and hands, etc., or talking in a soft voice to the person who is suspected of having a stroke may reroute the brain’s blood supply while waiting for an ambulance to arrive. By doing this, it is hoped that the stimulation may assist in keeping cells from dying while a person is experiencing a stroke.
There is also a drug available that breaks up blood clots if it is administered within three hours following a stroke. However, it doesn’t work for everyone and of course, getting help quickly is of paramount importance.