Recognize the indications of a stroke and dial 9-1-1 right away. This can mean the difference between a full recovery and eventual disability or death. May is stroke awareness month.
F.A.S.T. Warning SignsF = Face Drooping – Does one side of the face droop, or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person's smile uneven?
A = Arm Weakness – Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S = Speech Difficulty – Is speech slurred?
T = Time to call 911
High blood pressure, also known as the "silent killer," is a significant risk factor for stroke.
High blood pressure affects nearly half of all individuals in the United States. (Many people are entirely unaware that they have it.) Having your blood pressure checked is the best approach to determine if you have excessive blood pressure.
The majority of the time, no evident symptoms exist.
High blood pressure is linked to specific physical characteristics and lifestyle decisions.
High blood pressure damages your circulatory system, increasing your risk of heart attack, stroke, and other health complications when left untreated.
Stroke is a severe and deadly disease that is the fifth-largest cause of death and disability in the United States. However, there are various risk factors for stroke that you can control and treat.
It's never too late to make healthy decisions:
Adults require 7-9 hours of sleep per night. More is needed for teenagers and children.
Get regular checkups - Make an appointment with your doctor regularly. Discuss how to manage or control your risk factors.
Move around more and sit less.
Aim for 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise or 75 minutes of strenuous aerobic activity each week (or a mix).
Healthy Eating Increase your intake of fruits and vegetables.
Reduce your salt, added sugar, and saturated and trans fat intake.
No smoking or vaping tobacco. Quit vaping if you do.