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know the warning signs of a stroke

National Stroke Month

May 03, 2022

May is National Stroke Month. Stroke is the 5th leading cost of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States.

A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the oxygen it needs, so it and brain cells die.

Here are some common warning signs or symptoms of stroke:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg—especially on one side of the body.
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause.

With a few lifestyle changes, you can decrease your risk of developing a stroke.

  • Manage chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes with lifestyle and/or medication. These have an impact on your risk for stroke.
  • Quit tobacco use, and reduce alcohol intake.
  • Eat a healthy diet low in saturated and trans fats, and high in fruits and vegetables.
  • Try to get at least 30 minutes per day of physical activity at least five days per week.

Talk to your doctor about your risks, and for more information, visit:

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