Did you know stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and the number one cause of adult disability in the U.S.?
How can you prevent a stroke?
Fortunately, 80 percent of strokes are preventable. You can begin by managing your stroke risk factors including: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, cigarette smoking, atrial fibrillation and lack of physical activity. More than half of all strokes are caused by high blood pressure (hypertension), so this is an especially important factor to manage.
What are the signs of a stroke?
Remember the acronym BE FAST:
- B - Balance trouble and dizziness.
- E - Eyes. Blurry, double or no vision in one or both eyes.
- F - Face drooping or numbing. A person’s smile may look uneven.
- A - Arm weakness. When a person lifts both arms at once, one of them may drift downward.
- S - Speech difficulty. Aphasia. The person may have a hard time repeating a simple sentence.
- T – Time to call 911. Call 911 immediately if you recognize these signs. Make note of the time the symptoms first appeared.
Other symptoms that may occur are:
- Sudden confusion
- Sudden severe headache with no cause
What should you do if you think you’re having a stroke?
If you think you or a loved one is having a stroke, call 911. It’s crucial to seek medical attention right away.
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Prompt medical attention can decrease
long term effects and even prevent death.
For specialized treatment and immediate stroke attention, ProMedica’s stroke network diagnoses, treats, and rehabilitates people in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan who have experienced strokes.
Learn more about the ProMedica Stroke Network.