5 Things Everyone Should Know About Strokes May 27, 2016

 

Did you know that 80% of all strokes are preventable? May is American Stroke Month, and while strokes threaten millions of lives each year, they are preventable, treatable and beatable. In fact, someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds.  According to the American Stroke Association, anyone can save a life from this menacing killer and leading cause of disability if they know these 5 facts about strokes.

1.) Anyone can have a stroke. Your stroke risk increases with age, but young adults, children and even unborn babies can suffer a stroke.  If there is a family history of strokes, you are three times more likely to suffer one yourself.

2.) 3 out of 4 people who experience their first stroke have high blood pressure.

3.) African Americans are nearly two times more at risk for a stroke than other ethnic groups.

4.) Strokes are treatable through medication and medical devices. The faster you are treated for a stroke, the more likely you are to recover successfully without permanent disability.

5.) Friends and family can usually save each other from a stroke by recognizing the signs of stroke and by acting f.a.s.t.

·   Face drooping on one side

·   Arm weakness

·   Speech is slurred or difficult to understand

·   Time to call 9-1-1

Knowing these five facts can help you determine if you’re at risk for a stroke.  Learning prevention tips to protect yourself or a loved one from risk factors of a stroke can lead to a healthier lifestyle.

If you or a loved one has suffered from a permanent disability caused by a stroke and requires daily assistance, Brookfield Assisted Living is Arkansas would love to help support them back on the road to a healthier lifestyle. To learn more about our facilities, contact us today for a tour of one of our convenient locations.

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