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:

(Transcription doc) source: heart.org/hbp copyright American Heart Association


 
The American Stroke Association recommends following “Life’s Simple 7” to achieve ideal health: 

 

Don’t smoke

 

 

Be physically active

 

 

Eat a healthy diet

 

 

Maintain a healthy body weight

 

 

Control cholesterol

 

 

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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