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Know the Symptoms. Know the Signs

5/17/2013
May is Stroke Awareness Month Stroke Awareness and Prevention it is extremely important to know the facts about Stroke.
 
Stroke is the 2nd leading cause of death in the United States. Anyone can have a stroke at any age. 700,000 people per year experience a new or recurrent stroke. Every three minutes, someone in the United States dies from a stroke. Recognize and control risk factors for stroke for this is key in stroke prevention. Remember 80% of strokes are preventable.
 
The warning signs are sudden weakness, usually on one side of the body, confusion, trouble speaking or trouble understanding, trouble seeing in one or both eyes, sudden trouble walking, loss of balance or coordination and sudden headache. Know the Symptoms.
 
Know the Signs
(F) Face (Facial droop/Uneven smile)
(A) Arms (Arm numbness/Arm Weakness)
(S) Speech (Slurred speech/Difficulty speaking or understanding)
(T) Time (Call 911 Get Help F.A.S.T)!!
 
Risk factors for stroke are previous stroke, high blood pressure or high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease. People are also at risk if they smoke, are overweight, have excessive alcohol intake or use illegal drugs or are older than 65. Heredity and ethnicity such as (strong family history/African American or Hispanic Americans) also place you at risk. But remember, a stroke can be prevented or you can reduce your risk by not smoking, become more active and eat and drink healthy foods. Not all strokes can be prevented, if you have a family history see your doctor regularly. Your doctor can help you monitor your risk so you don't become a statistic. Click here for more information about Stroke.
 
By Frank Garcia, Interactive Media and Marketing Manager

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