May is American Stroke Awareness Month (ASAM). This is a time for individuals, families, and communities to raise awareness about the warning signs of stroke, how to reduce the risk of stroke, and how to provide care and support for those who have suffered from a stroke. Every year, more than 795,000 Americans experience a stroke, making it the fifth leading cause of death in the United States.
Stroke is a medical emergency that requires immediate attention. Knowing the warning signs of stroke and taking steps to reduce the risk can help save lives. ASAM is an opportunity to learn more about stroke and how to protect yourself and your loved ones.
What Is a Stroke?
A stroke occurs when the blood supply to the brain is disrupted. This can be the result of a blocked artery or the bursting of a blood vessel. When this happens, the brain is deprived of oxygen and nutrients, leading to tissue damage.
Stroke can affect a person’s ability to think, speak, move, and feel. It can cause paralysis, blindness, and even death. It is important to recognize the warning signs of stroke and seek medical attention immediately.
What Are the Warning Signs of Stroke?
The warning signs of stroke include:
• Sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body.
• Sudden confusion, trouble speaking, or difficulty understanding others.
• Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
• Sudden difficulty walking, dizziness, or loss of balance or coordination.
• Sudden, severe headache without a known cause.
If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms, call 9-1-1 or the national stroke hotline at 1-800-STROKE (1-800-787-6537).
How Can You Reduce Your Risk of Stroke?
There are a number of lifestyle changes you can make to reduce your risk of stroke. These include:
• Eating a healthy diet and controlling your weight.
• Quitting smoking and avoiding secondhand smoke.
• Exercising regularly.
• Managing stress.
• Limiting alcohol consumption.
• Controlling high blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes.
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American Stroke Awareness Month is a time to raise awareness about the warning signs of stroke and how to reduce the risk. It is also an opportunity to learn more about how to manage your medical care and improve your health.
Advocare Care Management provides personalized services to help you manage your medical care and take control of your health. Our team of health care professionals can help you create a plan of care tailored to your needs and lifestyle. We also offer a range of services, from setting up doctor’s appointments to providing medication reminders.
This American Stroke Awareness Month, make sure you know the warning signs and how to reduce your risk.
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