May is stroke month, which makes it the perfect time to ask our legislators to act quickly on critical legislation that would require high quality of care for stroke patients in the Commonwealth.
Stroke is the nation's No. 4 killer and a leading cause of long-term disability, every year, about 700,000 Americans suffer a stroke, and 160,000 of them die. Today, 5.7 million Americans are stroke survivors, and as many as 30 percent of them are permanently disabled, requiring extensive and costly care. Death and disability from stroke are projected to nearly double by 2032. A large share of the direct cost is met by public payers such as Medicare and Medicaid.
The development of stroke systems of care, including the establishment of a primary stroke center, can significantly increase the proportion of patients who receive improved stroke care. Dedicated stroke units can reduce a patient’s risk of death by 40%.
This is what we are asking for in Massachusetts, which doesn't seem that complicated! With your help we can work to make Massachusetts a leader in of stroke. We need to ensure that our primary stroke service hospitals are delivering the care that they have promised to do. When we make sure that patients are getting to the hospital quickly after having a stroke and we need to make sure that the hospitals are in fact delivering the care that they are expected to as a primary stroke service hospital.
Will you help us? Will you share your story about the importance of quality of care for stroke patients? Will you join with us to help improve care and outcomes? We know that Together We Can End Stroke!