Stroke awareness month
May is National Stroke Awareness Month, and with many adults now caring for their elderly parents, this is an important topic because stroke risk doubles every 10 years after age 55, according to the American Stroke Association.
While stroke is more common in people over age 65 – even young adults, children and babies can suffer strokes due to certain health conditions or having a parent who has a stroke.
These factors make you more likely to have a stroke.
· Parent(s) who had an ischemic stroke before age 65
· High blood pressure
· Black/African American ethnicity
· Obesity and/or lack of physical activity
· High cholesterol
· Heart disease including atrial fibrillation (A-fib) or carotid artery disease
· Poor diet high in fat, trans fat and cholesterol
Reduce your risk of stroke with these tips.
· Prevent or control high blood pressure
· Eat healthy foods like fruit, vegetables, fish and whole grains
· Get 7-8 hours of sleep per night
· Be physically active daily
· Keep a healthy weight based on your Body Mass Index (BMI)
· Do not smoke
· Control your blood sugar if you have diabetes
· Mange your cholesterol
Remember the acronym FAST to recognize the warning signs of a stroke.
F – Face drooping
A – Arm weakness
S – Speech difficulty
T – Time to call 911 immediately
Adventist HealthCare offers high-quality stroke and neurological services. Washington Adventist Hospital and Shady Grove Medical Center are designated as Primary Stroke Centers by the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS).
Find more tips from Nurse Rose here: www.AdventistHealthCare.com/NurseRose