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Stroke Awareness Month

May is Stroke Awareness Month. We wanted to take this opportunity to educate our community on the risk factors, symptoms, treatment options and more. A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is suddenly interrupted or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts, spilling blood into the spaces surrounding brain cells. There are two types of strokes ischemic, caused by blockage of a blood vessel that supplies the brain, and hemorrhagic-when there is bleeding into or around the brain.

Risk factors that can lead to a stroke:
  • Overweight
  • Sedentary life
  • Binge drinking
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Family history
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Age- 55 and older at higher risk
  • Gender- men are at higher risk than women
Symptoms of a stroke:
  • Sudden numbness or weakness(especially to one side of the body)
  • Sudden confusion or trouble speaking
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble with walking
  • Sudden Dizziness/loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause
Treatment stages:
  • Prevention
  • Diet and healthy eating
  • Less cholesterol and saturated fat in diet
  • Controlling diabetes
  • Monitor blood pressure
  • Avoid illicit drugs
  • Exercise
  • Quit smoking and alcohol
  • Immediate therapy after stroke
  • Post stroke rehab
A stroke is most commonly treated with antithrombotics and thrombolytics.

For Stroke Resources for Individuals and Patients, click the button below.

Stroke Resources

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