Stroke Awareness

Someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds. That’s more than 790,000 strokes in the United States each year.

As part of May’s Stroke Awareness Month, Embassy Healthcare is taking part in educating you and your loved ones. Put on your best purple attire and learn more about the potential risks for stroke.

What Causes A Stroke?

A stroke occurs when blood supply is cut off from the brain. Loss of blood flow causes portions of brain tissue to die. There are two types of strokes, ischemic and hemorrhagic.

Ischemic strokes are most common and are caused by a blocked artery, which narrows or blocks the brain’s blood vessels. Hemorrhagic strokes are caused by ruptures or leaks in the brain’s blood vessels.

What Are The Symptoms Of A Stroke?

If you suspect you or a loved one are having a stroke, act FAST.

  • Face: You may experience paralysis and numbness in facial muscles. You’ll notice a drooping usually on one side of the face or body.
  • Arms: Lift both arms above your head at the same time. Those experiencing a stroke usually cannot lift one arm or struggle to move it at all.
  • Speech: Speech will be slurred or strange. You may not be able to repeat phrases or speak at all.
  • Time: Seek emergency help immediately if you experience any of these symptoms.

Strokes can cause paralysis, lack of movement, speech impairments, behavioral or emotional changes, loss of memory, or pain depending on its type and severity.

Stroke Risk Factors

Lifestyle risk factors include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Physical inactivity
  • Overweight or obesity
  • Excessive drinking
  • Illicit drugs, like methamphetamine or cocaine

Medical risk factors include:

  • A family history of stroke
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Long-term smoking or exposure to second-hand smoke

How You Can Prevent A Stroke

A diet rich in fruits and vegetables and regular physical activity is the first step toward preventing a stroke. Maintain your blood pressure and cholesterol by avoiding saturated fat. Cut back or cut out smoking and keep your alcohol consumption to a minimum.

If you’ve suffered an ischemic stroke, there are medications to help prevent further incidents. Anti-platelet drugs, like aspirin, keep the platelets in your blood cells from clotting. Consult your doctor to determine the proper dosage. Your doctor may also prescribe anticoagulants, blood thinners that come in short- and long-term options.

Embassy Healthcare offers services like our cardiac and dietary & nutrition care programs that can reduce your risk for a stroke. Call 888-975-1379, or contact us online for more information.