Understand the Risk of Stroke

In the United States, stroke is the fourth leading cause of death, killing over 133,000 people each year, and a leading cause of serious, long-term adult disability.  Stroke is an emergency and a brain attack, cutting off vital blood flow and oxygen to the brain.   Symptoms of a stroke include:
  • -  Sudden numbness or weakness of face, an arm or a leg
  • -  Confusion or trouble speaking and understanding
  • -  Trouble seeing from one or both eyes
  • -  Trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • -  Sudden severe headache with no known cause
  Stroke Prevention Guidelines
  • -  Know blood pressure (hypertension)
  • -  Identify atrial fibrillation (Afib)
  • -  Stop smoking
  • -  Control alcohol use
  • -  Know cholesterol levels
  • -  Control diabetes
  • -  Manage exercise and
  • -  Treat circulation problems
  • -  Act FAST at the first warning sign of stroke
  Click here for a Stroke 101 Fact Sheet from Stroke.org, the National Stroke Association.   Source: Stroke.org

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