MAY is American Stroke Month and High Blood Pressure Education Month
Here's why it matters.
Up to 80 percent of strokes may be preventable. This month, learn how and spread the word.
5 Key facts about stroke:
FACT #1: Stroke kills brain cells, it happens when a clot or rupture interrupts blood flow to the brain. Without oxygen-rich blood, brain cells die.
FACT #2: Types of stroke - Ischemic is caused by a clot, Hemorrhagic is caused by a rupture and Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) or "mini stroke" is caused by a temporary blockage.
FACT #3: About one in four stroke survivors is at risk for another Fortunately, up to 80 percent of second clot-related strokes may be preventable.
FACT #4: Prevention is key. Had a stroke? Create a plan with your doctor to prevent another, which may include managing high blood pressure and discussing aspirin or other medicine. Aspirin is not appropriate for everyone, so be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen.
FACT #5: Time lost is brain lost. Learn the FAST warning signs. F- Face Drooping A -Arm Weakness S -Speech Difficulty T- Time to call 911.
Anyone can have a stroke, and everyone should be prepared.
It's a matter of knowing what to do, taking action and spreading the word.
May is also National High Blood Pressure Education month. Time to fight back against the “silent killer.”
Make changes that matter to prevent/control high blood pressure:
- Eat a well-balanced diet that's low in salt
- Limit alcohol
- Enjoy regular physical activity
- Manage stress
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Quit smoking
- Take your medications properly
- Work together with your doctor
(Transcription doc) source: heart.org/hbp copyright American Heart Association
Be physically active
Eat a healthy diet
Maintain a healthy body weight
Control blood pressure
Reduce blood sugar
Important Dates in May
5/1-5/31 - American Stroke Month
5/1-5/31 - National High Blood Pressure Education Month
5/6 - National Nurses Day
5/7 - National Teachers Day
5/12 - Mother's Day
5/12-5/18 - National Women’s Health Week
5/17 - World Hypertension Day
5/18 - Armed Forcces Day
5/13-5/19 - National Bike to Work Week
5/27 - Memorial Day
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