May is Stroke Awareness Month
A stroke occurs when blood flow to an area of brain is cut off. A stroke can cause life-altering consequences including: sudden numbness, weakness or paralysis of the face, arm and/or leg (usually on one side of the body), difficulty speaking, problems with swallowing, reduced vision and cognitive impairments affecting memory, judgment, planning and problem solving.
The good news? 80% of strokes can be prevented by lifestyle changes to reduce the risk such as increasing physical activity, weight management, lowering your cholesterol, managing your blood pressure, and not smoking.
Common signs of a stroke:
Remember: B E F A S T
B is for BALANCE: sudden loss of balance
E is for EYES: sudden loss of vision in one or both eyes
F is for FACE: facial weakness; an inability to smile or a droopy smile
A is for ARMS: inability to raise arms
S is for SPEECH slurred speech
T TIME: IF YOU THINK SOMEONE IS HAVING A STROKE, CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY!