Proclamation by Mayor Ken Miyagishima

Proclamation by Mayor Ken Miyagishima

Whereas, stroke is the leading cause of adult long-term disability and the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, and the leading cause of death in New Mexico, and

Whereas, more than 795,000 people will suffer a stroke this year alone, with estimates of the incidence increasing by 25% by the year 2030, affecting 4 million people, and

Whereas, direct medical costs for treating stroke are expected to increase by 238% to $95.6 billion by 2030, and

Whereas, new and effective treatments have been developed to treat and minimize the severity and damaging effect of strokes, but much more research is needed; and

Whereas, Americans are more aware of the risk factors and warning signs for stroke than in the past, but about one-third of adults still cannot identify any symptoms; and

Whereas, F.A.S.T warning signs and symptoms of stroke include Face drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty, and Time to call 911, along with sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body; sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding; sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes; sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination; and sudden severe headache with no known cause; and

Whereas, the Rehabilitation Hospital of Southern New Mexico, here in Las Cruces, has been certified as a Stroke Certified treatment facility by The Joint Commission, which signifies the hospital’s dedication to developing better results for stroke patients, and

Whereas, the Rehabilitation Hospital of Southern New Mexico and the Advanced Care Hospital of Southern New Mexico will bring focus on prevention of stroke during the month of May,

Now, therefore, I Ken Miyagishima, Mayor of the City of Las Cruces do hereby proclaim May 2014 to be Stroke Awareness Month in Las Cruces, and urge all citizens of our city to familiarize themselves with the risk factors associated with stroke, recognize the warning signs and symptoms, and on first signs of a stroke dial 911 immediately so that we might begin to reduce the devastating effects of stroke on our population.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the City of Las Cruces, this 2nd day of May 2014.