May is National Stroke Awareness Month
PREVENT- TREAT – BEAT- STROKE
LOVE YOUR HEART – HELP YOUR BRAIN –Prevent A Stroke
Stroke is the either the No. 3 or No. 4 cause of death in the USA
Strokes are the leading cause of disability in the United States in 2014
Yet, many Americans do not think of stroke as a major health concern. Why Not? Most people are under the mistaken belief that strokes only happen in people who are over the age of 65. This is not at all true. In fact 25 percent of people who suffer strokes are younger that age 50. People in their 30s and 40s also suffer strokes. Here is our #1:
Tip of the Week 1 – Know Stroke Symptoms = FAST: Face, Arms, Speech and Time.
FAST is an acronym for things to check in a suspected stroke victim:
- F - Face / Does the face droop on one side when the person smiles?
- A - Arm / After raising both arms, does one of the arms drift downwards?
- S - Speech /After repeating a simple phrase, does the persons speech sound slurred or strange?
- T - Time / If any or all of the above are observed call for 9-1-1 (if in US or 999 in UK) and ask for medical assistance.
- Learn to recognize the symptoms of a STROKE. Help yourself, or help a friend.
- Don't become the victim of a STROKE.
- Watch your blood pressure. ACT FAST! Time Is Brain Health.
- While most strokes occur in people aged 65 years or older, strokes can occur at any age. With the advent of high blood pressure, particularly in the black community, more young people are having strokes in the 21st century than before.
- About 795,000 strokes occur in the United States each year. About 610,000 of these are first or new strokes.
- About 185,000 occur in people who have already had a stroke before.
- Stroke death rates are higher for African Americans than for whites, even at younger ages.
- People with a family history of stroke have a higher risk.
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