May is Stroke Awareness Month

Posted: 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

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