Following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, strokes are the fifth top cause of death. A Senior citizen person dies from a stroke every four minutes. It is a severe problem that needs elderly adults and their loved ones to be on guard.
May is called Stroke Awareness Month. In honor of the month-long effort, we discuss more information about both.
FAST: Understand the Warning Signs of a Strokes MD
The acronym FAST Can Help You discover the most frequent signs of a stroke:
Face: Should you suspect a friend or family member is having a stroke, then look at their face. During a stroke, one facet of the mouth frequently droops. Ask them to smile. If their smile appears crooked or different than usual, it’s probably a concern. Not everyone who has a stroke gets a facial augmentation, but it’s an indicator of stroke.
Arms: The next point to explore is the ability to use their arms. Ask the man to try and raise both arms over their head. If they are experiencing a stroke, then they might not have the ability to lift one arm. If they could lift both arms, watch to find out if one drifts downward. Being unable to hold both arms up can be a warning sign of a stroke.
Address: Speech is another thing to check. Request the person a few questions or anything to get them speaking. Problems talking, slurred words, repetition of the same phrases or terms, or odd speech patterns should be taken very seriously. Because a stroke accelerates blood flow to the mind, speech problems are among the most frequent warning signs.
Timing: Every second count when an individual is having a stroke. If a person near you is exhibiting any of the stroke symptoms listed above, call 911 without delay. Tell the dispatcher you suspect a stroke. Life-saving stroke medications are time-sensitive, and calling 911 is usually the quickest way to summon help. Do not wait to see if warning signs disappear on their own.
Combat Risk Factors for a Stroke
Eat a balanced diet: Fill your plate with fresh vegetables, fruits, and low-fat proteins. Healthful eating aids in weight control and cholesterol management, each of which can reduce the odds of having a stroke.
Lower your sodium: While your doctor is the ideal person to determine just how much is too much, sodium intake should generally be limited to 1500 mg a day to prevent high blood pressure or prehypertension. Both conditions increase stroke risk.
Do not smoke cigarettes: Smokers are twice as likely to experience a stroke as their non-smoking peers. If you no someone is a smoker, commit to stopping. Research shows smokers who quit add around 3.4 more years to their life.
Stay busy: A sedentary lifestyle is considered just as risky as smoking. Stay engaged and avoid sitting for extended intervals.
You may find out more about stroke prevention by taking this fast Exam Your Stroke IQ quiz.
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