Preventing a Stroke
Anyone can have a stroke. Everyone should be ready. Learn the F.A.S.T. warning signs!
Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person's smile uneven or lopsided?
Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like "The sky is blue." Is the person able to correctly repeat the words?
TIME TO CALL 9-1-1
If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and say, "I think this is a stroke" to help get the person to the hospital immediately. Time is important! Don't delay, and also note the time when the first symptoms appeared. Emergency responders will want to know.
High blood pressure can damage blood vessels in the brain, increasing the chances of strokes from clots or ruptures. Sharing the infographic below can give your loved ones and community a clear understanding why controlling blood pressure is so important. Together, we can end stroke!
Certain risk factors can increase your chances of having a stroke. If you have identified personal risk factors, work with your healthcare provider to reduce your personal risk. Prevent stroke happening to you or others by following these guidelines:
- Identify. Review the risk factors and identify your personal risk.
- Reduce your risk factors. Work to reduce your stroke risk through lifestyle changes and if necessary medication.
- Recognize and Respond. Learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of a stroke by memorizing FAST. Respond to the first sight of stroke and help save lives.
Learn more at http://www.strokeassociation.org/STROKEORG/