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F.A.S.T – It’s Not Just a Speed

Your vascular health can play a big role in the potential of someone suffering from the effects of a stroke.
 
A stroke is a sudden interruption in the blood supply to the brain. Most are caused by blockages in the arteries leading to the brain.
 
As May is Stroke Awareness Month, it is time to remember the potential signs of stroke. Just remember F.A.S.T.
 
F – Face Drooping – Does one side of the face droop or does it feel numb?
A – Arm Weakness – If one arm is weak or numb, try raising both arms. One arm may drift downward.
S – Speech – Slurred speech or simply unable to speak.
T – Time to Call 9-1-1 – If a person shows these symptoms, it is time to call 9-1-1 and go to the hospital immediately, even if the symptoms go away.
 
A diagnostic ultrasound of the carotid artery can help determine warning signs of stroke. If you are concerned, talk to your primary care provider.

Is a Second Stroke In Your Future?

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States.

Even after surviving a stroke, it is possible to have another. Twenty three percent of stroke sufferers will experience a second.
 
The American Heart Association offers some tips that may have a big impact in reducing the risk. Up to 80 percent of second clot-related strokes can be preventable.
 

Here are eight ways to help prevent a second stroke:

  1. Monitor your blood pressure.
  2. Control your cholesterol.
  3. Keep your blood sugar down.
  4. Be active.
  5. Make better food choices.
  6. Maintain a healthy weight.
  7. Refrain from smoking.
  8. Talk to your doctor about aspirin or other medications.
Ultimately it depends on the patient to help reduce the risks. Consulting with your physician to help find the best plan of action is always the best idea.