May is National Stroke Awareness Month. A stroke or a CVA (cerebrovascular accident) is an attack on the brain that can occur very quickly and with little warning. Every year, more than 795,000 people in the United States suffer a stroke and one death from stroke happens every four minutes, making it the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S.
The risk of having a stroke varies with race and ethnicity. Though stroke risk increases with age, strokes can occur at any time. Prevent or reduce your risk of stroke by:
. Keeping your blood pressure, blood glucose and cholesterol levels in normal range
. Quitting smoking
. Staying active and maintaining a healthy diet and weight
. Treating heart disease
You may be having a stroke if you experience:
. Sudden, severe headache with no known cause
. Trouble seeing out of one or both eyes
. Confusion or trouble speaking
. Dizziness or trouble walking
. Numbness or weakness in the arm, face or legs, especially on one side of the body
If you suspect you or someone you know is having a stroke, act F.A.S.T:
F Facial Weakness
A Arm Weakness
S Slurred speech
T Time to call 911
Remember, the quicker you get medical help, the less damage to your brain and body and the better your chances are of surviving or avoiding long-term disability.
All content of this newsletter is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please consult a medical professional before adopting any of the suggestions on this page. You must never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment based upon any content of this newsletter. PROMPTLY CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN OR CALL 911 IF YOU BELIEVE YOU HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY.