Strokes are the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States. They can be caused by a clot obstructing the flow of blood to the brain or by a blood vessel rupturing and preventing blood flow to the brain. The good news is that 80% of strokes are preventable and can be treated.
It’s important to know the signs of stroke to reduce the effects and save your life! Call 9-1-1 if you notice any of these symptoms:
• Sudden confusion or difficulty understanding
• Dizziness or loss of balance
• Sudden numbness or weakness
• Trouble speaking and/or walking
• Sudden, severe headache
• Changes in vision
Take charge of your health to help prevent a stroke. A healthy lifestyle and working with your health care team to control your risk of stroke could save your life.
• Treat high blood pressure, if you have it.
• Don’t smoke and avoid second-hand smoke.
• Eat a healthy diet that’s low in saturated fat, trans fat, added sugars and salt.
• Control your blood sugar if you have diabetes.
• Be physically active.
• Get regular medical check-ups.