May is National Stroke Month. Do you know the signs of stroke?

April 28th, 2016 1 Comment

Stroke Awareness Month

May is National Stroke Month

Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. and is also a leading cause of long-term disability among adults. Stroke is a brain attack which cuts off blood and oxygen to the brain. Because 2 million brain cells die each minute during stroke, it’s important to act FAST in order to save a life limit disabilities caused by brain damage.

Remember the acronym “FAST” to remind you of the stroke warning signs.

  • F = FACE | Look at the person’s face and ask them to smile. Does one side droop?
  • A = ARMS | Request the person raises both arms; does one drift downward?
  • S = SPEECH | Ask the person to repeat a sentence; listen for slurred or strange speech
  • T = TIME | Call 911 immediately if the person shows any of the signs above, whether independently or all of them

Who is at greatest risk?

  • Those over 55 years of age
  • Women; 55,000 more women than men have strokes each year
  • African-Americans; partly due to higher risks of having diabetes and high blood pressure
  • Family history of stroke
  • Prior heart attack, stroke, or TIA (transient ischemic attacks, “mini strokes”)
  • Smokers
  • Those who are overweight
  • Those who drink alcohol excessively

Stroke Prevention

  • Check and maintain blood pressure regularly
  • Keep atrial fibrillation under control
  • Stop smoking
  • Don’t drink more than two alcoholic beverages per day
  • Keep cholesterol levels managed
  • Control diabetes
  • Maintain exercise and healthy diet




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