1 out of every 7 strokes happen at night


May 10, 2011

Strokes are a leading cause of death in the United States – Americans suffer from almost 8 million across the country every year, according to The National Stroke Association

Consequently, it's important to make sure that protective measures are taken against this potentially deadly health condition, especially now that new research indicates that one out of every seven strokes occur at night.

This can make it all the more difficult to reach a phone to get help, so one may want to consider investing in a personal emergency response system as well. This device can be used to instantly send a medical alert to a call center and get people the help they need as soon as possible.

"Because the only treatment for ischemic stroke must be given within a few hours after the first symptoms begin, people who wake up with stroke symptoms often can't receive the treatment since we can't determine when the symptoms started," study co-author Dr. Jason Mackey said.

Of the 1,854 ischemic strokes that were studied during the evaluation, 14 percent occurred when patients were asleep and woke up with stroke symptoms.