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SIGNS OF A STROKE
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Stroke Risk Factors
factors increase your risk of stroke. The more risk factors you have,
the greater your chance of having a stroke. Some of these you canít
control, such as your age, your family health history, race and gender.
But you can modify, treat or control most risk factors to lower your
Risks that you cannot control
Family history of stroke
Risks that can be controlled with Medical Treatment & Lifestyle Changes
High blood pressure
High blood cholesterol
Symptoms of Stroke
If you believe you or someone you know is experiencing any of these signs do not hesitate to call 911 for immediate treatment!
Suddenly feeling weak in an arm, hand or leg
Cannot feel one side of your face or body
Suddenly cannot see out of one eye
Suddenly have a hard time walking
Cannot understand what someone is saying
Feeling dizzy or losing your balance
Having the worst headache you have ever had
How to Recognize a Stroke
If you think someone is having a stroke, remeber the 60 second test:
1. Ask the individual to smile.
2. Ask him or her to raise both arms.
3. Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like "It is sunny out today."
IF THE INDIVIDUAL HAS TROUBLE WITH ANY OF THESE TASKS, CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY!
Effects of Stroke
Motor impairment and loss of sensation often on one side of the body
Difficulty with speech
Limited visual fields and trouble with visual perception
Loss of emotional control and changes in mood
Problems with memory
Problems with judgment
Problems with problem solving
Or a combination of all of these
Reduce your Risk of Stroke
Be aware of your family history
Maintain a healthy weight for your body type
Get regular blood pressure and cholesterol checks
If diabetic, manage your blood sugar levels
Take your medications accordingly