Understanding the Signs of a Stroke
Are you familiar with the signs of a stroke? In honor of May being Stroke Awareness Month, we are sharing 5 Key facts about stroke:
FACT #1: Stroke kills brain cells, it happens when a clot or rupture interrupts blood flow to the brain. Without oxygen-rich blood, brain cells die.
FACT #2: Types of stroke - Ischemic is caused by a clot, Hemorrhagic is caused by a rupture and Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) or "mini stroke" is caused by a temporary blockage.
FACT #3: About one in four stroke survivors is at risk for another Fortunately, up to 80 percent of second clot-related strokes may be preventable.
FACT #4: Prevention is key. Had a stroke? Create a plan with your doctor to prevent another, which may include managing high blood pressure and discussing aspirin or other medicine. Aspirin is not appropriate for everyone, so be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen.
FACT #5: Time lost is brain lost. Learn the FAST warning signs. F- Face Drooping
A -Arm Weakness S -Speech Difficulty
T- Time to call 911.
It's a matter of knowing what to do, taking action and spreading the word.