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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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03
Nov
15

B.E. F.A.S.T. – Save a life from Stroke

In culmination of World Stroke Day, we wanted to be sure you had the tools necessary to recognize a stroke and the signs to look for.  Following these easy steps could help save a life!!!!

The B.E. F.A.S.T. guideline helps you remember that timely treatment is the key to saving someone’s life or quality of life.

B – Balance: Is the person experiencing a sudden loss of balance or coordination?

E – Eyes: Is the person having a sudden change in vision or trouble seeing

F – Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

A – Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

S – Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?

T – Time: If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.

Strokes cause about one out of every 19 deaths in the U.S. each year, making it the third leading cause of death for women and the fourth leading cause of death for men. Strokes are also a leading cause of serious long-term disability in America.

hemorrhagic-stroke

A stroke occurs when a vessel in the brain is blocked by a blood clot or ruptures, according to the American Stroke Association. About 15 percent of all strokes in the U.S. are hemorrhagic, leaving 85% to be ischemic.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, cigarette smoking, atrial fibrillation are risk factors for stroke.

The good news, according to the CDC, is that you  can help cut your risk for stroke by:

  • Eating a healthy diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables and low in sodium and trans fat.
  • Maintaining a healthy weight.
  • Staying physically active each day.
  • Quitting smoking.
  • Consuming alcohol in moderation.
  • Preventing or treating high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or diabetes.

If you think someone has suffered a stroke, call 9-1-1 immediately. Paramedics can begin life-saving treatment on the way to the emergency room.




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