senate resolution no.46

Senators Bayer, Chang, McCann, Polehanki, Victory, Johnson, Wojno, Camilleri, Moss, Hertel, Singh, McMorrow, Irwin, Cavanagh, Cherry, Brinks and Geiss offered the following resolution:

A resolution to recognize May 2023 as Stroke Awareness Month.

Whereas, May is Stroke Awareness Month, a time to remember the millions of people and their loved ones who have been affected by one of the nationís leading causes of death and long-term disability; and

Whereas, It is also a time to recognize the modern advancements and medical innovations that are making it more possible for patients to survive and regain independence following a stroke; and

Whereas, According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 800,000 people in the United States experience a stroke each year; and

Whereas, Every 40 seconds someone in the United States has a stroke, and tragically, every three and a half minutes someone dies from a stroke; and

Whereas, A stroke impacts not only the patient, but their family as they adjust to the recovery of their loved one and the side effects and long-lasting symptoms of surviving a stroke; and

Whereas, There are two different types of strokes: an ischemic stroke and a hemorrhagic stroke; and

Whereas, The most common type of stroke is an ischemic stroke. A severe ischemic stroke, such as Emergent Large Vessel Occlusion (ELVO), occurs when a blood clot forms in one of the major arteries of the brain, restricting the flow of blood and oxygen and killing up to two million brain cells per minute; and

Whereas, A hemorrhagic stroke happens when an artery in the brain is ruptured and the leaked blood puts pressure on brain cells and damages them; and

Whereas, One of the most promising advancements in treatment for strokes today is mechanical thrombectomy. Also known as endovascular therapy, it is a minimally invasive procedure through which the blood clot responsible for the most severe form of stroke is located and removed, restoring blood flow to the brain. It is truly a revolutionary procedure performed by highly trained neurointerventional care teams at Level 1 stroke centers located throughout our state; and

Whereas, Studies have shown that for every five minutes saved when a critical stroke patient obtains the lifesaving care they need, they will experience an additional month of life without disability; and now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the Senate, That the members of this legislative body recognize May 2023 as Stroke Awareness Month.