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May is National Stroke Awareness Month
KNOW THE WARNING SIGNS AND REDUCE YOUR RISK

Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. and a leading cause of adult disability. To help minimize its impact, be sure you know the signs of a stroke and if you or someone you know experience them call 9-1-1. The first few hours are critical because the sooner clot busting medication can be administered the better. To help prevent stroke, take steps to lower your personal risk.

Watch for the Following Signs and Symptoms and Act Fast!

If you, or someone you know, experience any of these symptoms, even for just a few minutes, call 9-1-1 immediately:

• Sudden weakness or numbness of the 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, or loss of balance or coordination
• A sudden, severe headache with no known cause

Take Control of Your Risk

While there are some risk factors for stroke you cannot control like age, race, gender, family history or previous, TIA, stroke or heart attack. There are some things you can do to lower your risk. You can change/treat/or control the following:

  • Heart /Blood Vessel Disease
  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • Physical Inactivity/Obesity/Poor Diet
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Sickle Cell Disease
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