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16
May
16

May is Stroke Awareness Month

ANYONE can have a stroke, so EVERYONE should be prepared!

A stroke, sometimes called a brain attack, occurs when a blockage stops the flow of blood to the brain or when a blood vessel in or around the brain bursts. Strokes can and do occur in people of all ages. In fact, nearly a quarter of all strokes occur in people younger than age 65.

Each year, almost 800,000 strokes occur in the United States.

Every minute counts when you’re having a stroke!  For every minute after a stroke occurs before treatment, 1.9 million neurons are affected.  In most cases, this causes some form of permanent damage.

Recognizing the Signs of Stroke

F.A.S.T is an easy way to remember the sudden signs of stroke.  When you spot the signs, you’ll know you need to call 911 right away.

FFace Drooping – Does one side of the face droop of is numb?  Ask the person to smile.  Is the person’s smile uneven?

AArm Weakness – Is one are weak or numb?  Ask the person to raise both arms.  Does one arm drift downward?

SSpeech Difficulty – Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand?  Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence to see if it is repeated correctly?

TTime to call 911 – If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if they go away, call 9-1-1 and get the person to the hospital immediately.  Check the time so you’ll know when the first symptoms appeared.

Lowering Your Risk for Stroke

Demographic factors such as family history, age, sex, and race/ethnicity can all play a role in an individual’s stroke risk. Regardless of your background, however, there are several things you can do to lower your chances of having a stroke.

  • Control your Blood Pressure – More than half of the world’s stroke deaths are caused by elevated blood pressure levels.
  • Manage your Cholesterol 
  • Don’t smoke – cigarette smoking contributes to one in every five strokes in the US.
  • Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy weight
  • Eat a healthy diet that’s low in sodium.
  • Prevent or control diabetes.
  • Limit your alcohol – Fewer than two drinks per day for men, or one drink per day for women.
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10
Nov
15

Know the Facts!


 strokeDid you know that strokes affect 1 in 6 males and 1 in 5 females? Stroke is third leading cause of death worldwide and a common cause of disability in adults.

Surprisingly, 80% of strokes are preventable.  Here are a few tips to keep in mind that could just help save you from a stroke!

1) Know your blood pressure: High blood pressure (hypertension) is one of the most common causes of stroke. High blood pressure is a measurement of 140/90 or higher.

2) Check for Heart diseases: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is an irregular heartbeat that changes how your heart works and can cause blood to pool in parts of your heart. This blood can form clots and cause a stroke.smoking

3) If you smoke, STOP! Smoking doubles the risk for stroke.

4) If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation: Heavy drinking can actually increase your risk for stroke.

diabetes-blood-sugar-chart5) Know your cholesterol number: Lowering your cholesterol (a fat-like substance in your blood) may reduce your risk for stroke. high cholesterol can be controlled with diet and exercise; some people may need medicine.

6) If you are diabetic, get your blood sugar level under control.

7) Include exercise in your daily routine: a brisk walk, bicycle ride, swim or yard work – can improve your health and may reduce your stroke risk. Adults should perform moderate physical activities for at least 30 minutes for five or more days a week.

8) Enjoy a lower sodium (salt), lower fat diet: By cutting down on salt and fat in your diet, you may lower your blood pressure and, more importantly, lower your risk for stroke. Try to eat a balanced diet each day, with plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and a mod
erate amount of protein (meat, fish, eggs, milk, nuts, tofu, and some beans).

9) Ask your doctor if you have circulation (blood flow) problems, which increase your stroke risk. If so, work with your doctor to control them.

Knowing your numbers could make all the difference!

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