October 29 is World Stroke Day
Did you know that 1 in 4 people world wide will have a stroke? Healthy habits can protect and improve your brain function, which can also help to prevent a stroke.
Here are some steps you can take that may help you prevent stroke (taken from the American Stroke Association):
1. Monitor your blood pressure.
2. Control your cholesterol.
3. Keep your blood sugar down.
4. Get active.
5. Eat better.
6. Lose weight if you need to.
7. Don’t smoke.
8. Take medications, such as aspirin*, as prescribed by your primary care doctor or cardiologist.
*Aspirin is not appropriate for everyone, so be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen.
Also, learn the warning signs and symptoms of a stroke:
Remember to act FAST!
F- Facial drooping
A- Arm weakness
S- Speech (is speech slurred?)
T- Time to call 911
With stroke, it’s crucial to act quickly, to increase chances of recovery. If someone shows any of these signs, call 911 immediately:
Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech
Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, and loss of balance or coordination
Sudden severe headache with no known cause
For more information, go to www.stroke.org which has some great resources.