May is American Stroke Awareness Month. As a result, our team at AFC Urgent Care Centennial thought now would be the perfect time to discuss steps you can take to not only prevent a stroke but also recognize one as soon as possible.
After all, when it comes to a stroke, minutes matter!
Am I at an Increased Risk for a Stroke?
Someone living in the United States experiences a stroke every 40 seconds, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although anyone can experience a stroke, there are certain factors that can put you at an even higher risk of suffering from a stroke.
If you are living with high blood pressure, diabetes and/or heart disease, then you are at a higher risk for stroke than other people. In addition, a family history and/or a personal history of brain aneurysms can cause you to be at risk for a stroke.
Symptoms of a Stroke
- Numbness or weakness in your face, arm or leg, especially on one side
- Confusion or trouble understanding other people
- Problems walking or staying balanced or coordinated
- Severe headache that comes on for no reason
- Difficulty speaking
- Trouble seeing with one or both eyes
How Do You Act F.A.S.T.?
When it comes to a stroke, minutes matter. During a stroke, oxygen is cut off from your brain, which can lead to death or disability. That’s why it’s important to act F.A.S.T.
If you think someone is experiencing a stroke, do this test—make sure the face isn’t dropping to one side, one of the arms isn’t falling to the side and/or the speech isn’t slurred. If any of those symptoms are present, emergency medical care is needed.
Ways to Prevent a Stroke
- Take steps to lower your blood pressure.
- Lose weight.
- Exercise more.
- Drink only in moderation.
- Treat atrial fibrillation.
- Treat diabetes.
- Quit smoking.
If you or someone you know experience stroke symptoms, call 911 for immediate medical attention. If you have a non-emergency medical issue, set up an AFC TeleCare appointment with AFC Urgent Care Centennial today.