May is Stroke Awareness Month
Did you know that if you can recognize the symptoms of a stroke you can save not only your life, but maybe the life of someone else? By being able to recognize the symptoms of a stroke and understand that they signal an emergency, you should be able to seek medical attention quickly.
According to the National Stroke Association, treatment exists to minimize the effects of stroke, but it must be given within three hours of the first symptom. Learn to recognize stroke symptoms by acting F.A.S.T.
F = Face Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
A = Arm Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S = Speech Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Are the words slurred?
T = Time If you observe any of these signs, then it's time to call 911.
Make Lifestyle Changes
Did you know that a stroke is one of the most preventable of all life-threatening health problems? According to the National Stroke Association, by making simple lifestyle changes you can reduce your risk of stroke:
- Get moving, stay active and incorporate exercise into your daily routine.
- Don't smoke and if you do, quit. It may be one of the very best things you can do for your health.
- Eat a well-balanced diet that is low in fat and sodium but rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
- Drink alcohol only in moderation.