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Stroke Prevention Month

Posted May 2, 2018

 

May is Stroke Prevention month. Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States. The team at Reach Healthcare Services wanted to take this opportunity to share some information regarding strokes that you may or may not already know.

Strokes Can Be Prevented: Simple things such as diet and exercise can help significantly decrease your chances of having a stroke. This does not mean that you have to be on a strict weight loss diet in order to decrease your chances of having a stroke. However, being aware of what you are putting into your body is important when it comes to decreasing your chances of any kind of health risk . If you have been diagnosed with hypertension, then reducing your salt intake will be very beneficial when it comes to avoiding a stroke. You should not add more salt to your food, instead gravitate more towards low-sodium options. Make sure that you are taking all antihypertensive medications as prescribed by your physician.  Also, by monitoring your blood pressure daily, you will be aware of any changes happening to your body and will be able to more accurately prevent a stroke by seeking medical advice when needed.

Signs and Symptoms of a Stroke: The following are signs and symptoms that you should look out for:

  • Slurred Speech
  • Facial Drooping
  • Blurred Vision
  • Numbness and tingling on one side of the body

A good acronym to remember, that the American Heart Association established, is to Stop Stroke F.A.S.T.

It is very important that if you exhibit any of these symptoms that you call 911 so that you can be treated by a medical professional.

Make sure that you stay up to date and informed on information regarding strokes by visiting the Stroke Association website. They have tools, handouts, worksheets, and flyers to assist you with this information. If you have any questions, please be sure to call the American Heart Association.