Why Revkin Is Required Reading

July 24, 2013 by InTouch Health

If there were such a thing as a Stroke 101 course in college, two items would be on the required reading list: Jill Bolte Taylor’s book My Stroke of Insight and Andrew Revkin’s recent blog in the New York Times.

Many Americans know very little about strokes or stroke care

Both are personal accounts of what it’s like to experience and recover from a stroke. Bolte is a brain researcher who knew exactly what was transpiring. But Revkin, like the vast majority of us, was clueless.

For example, Revkin knew that gobbling baby aspirin can be a lifesaver during a heart attack, but didn’t know that it could be fatal in 10% of strokes. He also didn’t know that people under age 55 account for nearly one in five stroke cases each year.

In his blog, Revkin candidly admits that he also didn’t know much about telemedicine’s role in the timely administration of brain-saving tPA meds. During his recovery period, he made a point of educating himself, which included some remote and in-person talks with InTouch Health CEO Yulun Wang. You can hear some of that interview here.

The insights shared by both Taylor and Revkin make you realize that most Americans know more about the history of hieroglyphics than they do about stroke. That’s why organizations like the American Academy of Neurology are reaching out to young adults, who often assume that only the elderly have strokes.

One thing’s for certain: anyone from age 20 to 100 who reads Revkin’s blog will want to learn a whole lot more about the nature of strokes and how telemedicine is our biggest ally in diagnosing them speedily.