According to the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately one in 20 deaths in the U.S. is caused by a stroke. Every
40 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a stroke, and every four minutes someone
dies from one. Stroke Awareness Month, which takes place every May, is
an opportunity for everyone to remind themselves of the symptoms of a
stroke, the importance of fast
stroke care and prevention strategies. Here are some ways that you can get involved
in this important health event.
Find out your stroke risk
Make May the time you talk to your physician about your stroke risk. By
understanding your risk factors, you can take steps to prevent a stroke
from happening to you. There are several things that contribute to stroke
risk, and you can’t change all of them. There are risk factors that
are in your control, however. According to the National Stroke Association,
80 percent of strokes are preventable. Here are some of the most common risk factors:
High blood pressure
By taking steps to manage these factors that increase your stroke risk,
you can dramatically reduce your chances of experiencing one.
Learn about stroke symptoms
Getting stroke care as soon as possible is essential for minimizing the
damage to brain tissue and preventing loss of life. Stroke symptoms can
be identified by remembering the acronym FAST:
Face: Look for drooping on one side, such as a lopsided smile.
Arm: After raising both arms, does one fall down to the side?
Speech: Look for slurred speech or difficulty repeating a phrase.
Time: It is time to call 911 or get immediate emergency care if you see
Other symptoms of stroke include balance problems, confusion, and vision problems.
Adopt a healthy lifestyle
Use Stroke Awareness Month as a time to recommit to a healthy lifestyle.
Exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight and managing your chronic
medical conditions can all cut your risk of stroke now and in the future.
Get the urgent stroke care you or a loved one needs at Westside Regional
Medical Center. From our emergency room to our
Comprehensive Stroke Center in Plantation, FL, our team of physicians and providers are committed to quality, compassionate
care. To learn more, call (954) 370-5585.