May is National Stroke Awareness month and a great time to educate patients about the importance of preventive care by using infographics on your website and social accounts. You could just tell patients that strokes kill about 140,000 Americans each year or that someone dies of a stroke every 4 minutes, but why not give them an eye-opening visual that’s easier for them to digest? Here are four ways you can use infographics to teach patients how to recognize stroke symptoms and ways to help prevent strokes.
- Face the Facts – Most patients simply don’t know the facts about high blood pressure and stroke prevention and may be unaware of their own risks. Putting statistics into an infographic format is an easy way to quickly illustrate the seriousness of the problem. Informing patients that, under recent guidelines, nearly half of U.S. adults have high blood pressure and that a reading of 130/80 is considered high could prompt them to schedule a check-up.
- Prevention Communication – According to the National Stroke Association, up to 80% of clot-related strokes may be preventable, so provide your patients with information on how to prevent a stroke before it happens. Share infographics that show patients how they can play an active role in their healthcare through prevention, such as infographics that encourage patients to check their blood pressure regularly and include a stroke prevention checklist.
- Warning Signs – Strokes happen. Using infographics that teach patients how to recognize the signs of a stroke and to think F.A.S.T. (Face Drooping, Arm Weakness, Speech Difficulty, Time to Call 911) is a great way to provide your patients with life-saving information in an illustrated, easy to understand way. So many lives could be saved if people knew how to spot a stroke, and it’s likely that your patients will want to pass this valuable information along to their friends and family.
- Eligibility for Treatment – Many patients may not know that new guidelines could make more stroke patients eligible for treatment. Include the new guidelines in an infographic and share with your patients along with a message instructing them to ask their medical professional about which treatment options are right for them and to answer any questions they may have.
The American Stroke Foundation also offers patient information sheets to supplement your preventive care outreach.
Keeping patients engaged is critical to the delivery of care in today’s healthcare environment, especially when it comes to health awareness and preventive care. If you can get people to pay attention to your content by using more visually appealing infographics, you’ve already won half the battle. Combined with preventive and wellness reminders, informative infographics like the one in this blog can help your patients learn how to reduce their risk for strokes, as well as how to recognize the signs and react quickly in the event of a stroke.
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