people experience stroke each year.
of those strokes will be fatal.
of those who die will be women.
of those strokes could be prevented.
1. Make healthy lifestyle choices
You can play your part in preventing stroke by making basic lifestyle changes and knowing your risk factors.
- Eat healthily
- Stay active
- Control your weight
- Stop smoking
- Moderate your alcohol consumption
- Reduce stress
Taking these basic steps will not only reduce your stroke risk, they will also reduce your risk for heart disease, cancer and dementia.
- high blood pressure
- atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat)
- Transient ischemic attack (mini-stroke)
Talk to your doctor and ask for a stroke risk assessment, this will help identify and manage any health conditions that increase your risk for stroke. If you have high blood pressure, atrial fibrillation, or have had a TIA, it is very likely you will be prescribed medication to reduce your stroke risk.
Knowing the signs of stroke and getting treatment quickly saves lives and improves recovery. If you think someone may have had a stroke, do this FAST check.
– is one side drooping?
– raise both arms, is one side weak?
– is the person able to speak? Are words jumbled or slurred?
– act quickly and seek emergency medical attention immediately.