May is Stroke Awareness MonthPosted: Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 2:42pm in:
May is Stroke Awareness Month, and the American Stroke and American Heart Associations encourage you to lead healthier lives to reduce their risk of stroke and heart disease.
A news release says up to 80 percent of strokes can be prevented. The organizations hope to help people prevent a stroke by sharing seven healthy habits.
1. Don’t smoke.
2. Manage blood pressure.
3. Be physically active.
4. Eat a healthy diet.
5. Maintain a healthy weight.
6. Control cholesterol.
7. Control blood sugar.
Not all strokes can be prevented, and people who have had a stroke are at high risk of having a second one. In fact, about one in every four stroke survivors will have a second one. Stroke survivors should work with their doctor on a plan to reduce their secondary stroke risk factors as there may be lifestyle changes and medications, that may help prevent blood clots and reduce the risk of a second stroke.
Knowing how to recognize a stroke is key to getting life-saving medical attention when every minute matters. Use the acronym F.A.S.T. to remember the most common signs of stroke:
· F – Face Drooping: Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile.
· A – Arm Weakness: Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
· S – Speech Difficulty: Is speech slurred, are they unable to speak or are they hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence like, “The sky is blue”.
· T – Time to call 911: If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 911 and get them to the hospital immediately. (Tip: Check the time so you’ll know when the first symptoms appeared.) .
You can learn more about heart disease and stroke, at heart.org or strokeassociaton.org