Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Stroke Awareness Month (2012)

May is National Stroke Awareness Month.  Nearly 75% of strokes occur in people who are 65 years and older.  It is important for you to know the symptoms so you can react quickly if someone has a stroke. 
Know the Symptoms, it could save a life
Early recognition of stroke symptoms is critical – time lost is brain lost.
Stroke symptoms include SUDDEN
·        Numbness or weakness in the face, arm or leg
·        Slurred speech
·        Blurred vision
·        Dizziness or loss of balance
·        Severe headache
Rapid treatment by emergency medical providers is important to survival and recovery. 
At any sign of stroke: Call 911 immediately
Lower your risk of having a Stroke
You can help protect yourself and loved ones from stroke by knowing the risks and taking these steps
·         Know your ABCS
o        Ask your doctor if you should take Aspirin every day
o        Find out if you have high Blood Pressure or Cholesterol, if you do, work with your doctor to treat it
o        If you Smoke, get help to quit   
·         Be physically active at least 30 minutes on most days
·         Eat more fruits, vegetables and other foods low in sodium and transfat
·         Take medicine as prescribed by your doctor
For more information visit the Maine CDC Cardiovascular Health Program Website www.mainehearthealth.org or contact david.pied@maine.gov
Help us prevent one million heart attacks and strokes over five years http://millionhearts.hhs.gov/

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