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In National Stroke Awareness Month, Learn about Prevention and Tips

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May is National Stroke Awareness Month in the U.S. For seniors and the elderly, and those in a assisted living community, it’s time to take stock of your health and think if you’re at risk of a stroke.

Stroke is the fifth-leading cause of death in the U.S, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It’s also a major cause of disability in adults.

About Stroke

A stroke cause a clot to block the blood supply to part of the brain or when a blood vessel in or around the brain bursts. Regardless of how it happens, parts of the brain become damaged or die.

A stroke may weaken or numb one side of the face, and can cause weakness or numbness of an arm or leg on one side of the body. A person’s speech and language can be affected, as well as vision, memory, emotions and behaviors.

Every 40 seconds, a person in the U.S. has a stroke. Someone dies every 3.5 minutes.

The risk of stroke varies with race and ethnicity.

African American adults have a risk that’s nearly twice as high of having their first stroke. African American adults also have the highest rate of death from stroke.

The leading causes of stroke are blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, smoking, obesity and diabetes. About one in three adults has at least one of these conditions or habits.

Diagnose Stroke the FAST Way

The best way to tell if someone is having a stroke is “FAST” — Face, Arm, Speech Time. With FAST, you can know the signs and symptoms of a stroke and quickly seek help for them.

  • Face—Ask the person to smile. You can quickly see if one side of their face droops.
  • Arm—Ask the person to raise both arms. If one drifts lower than the other, it may be a sign of a stroke.
  • Speech—Slurred speech is another stroke symptom. Ask the person to repeat a single sentence.
  • Time—Call 911 quickly. Time is often the difference between life and death and even partial or full recovery.

It’s important for you to take the steps to reduce your risks of a stroke. Stroke is the fifth-leading cause of death in the U.S. and the long-term effects of strokes are debilitating. During a stroke, parts of the brain become damaged and can die within minutes.

Prevention Tips

There are some risk factors for stroke that you can’t change. These include your family history, your age, your gender, your race and your ethnicity. But you can lower your risk by making healthy lifestyle choices.

These include:

  • Control your blood pressure
  • Control your blood cholesterol
  • Control your blood sugar
  • Treat atrial fibrillation and other heart diseases
  • Eat a healthy diet that’s rich in fruits and vegetables and low in saturated fat, trans fat, sodium and sugary drinks
  • Be physically active to help maintain a healthy weight
  • Avoid or stop altogether smoking
  • Limit alcohol consumption

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