World Stroke Day
October 29th is World Stroke Day, and raising awareness is so important to saving lives. Knowing the signs of a stroke can benefit everyone. According to the CDC, stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States and is a major cause of serious disability for adults.
Lifestyle choices are extremely important when it comes to preventing your chances of having a stroke. Some of the most beneficial ways you can preserve your health include:
- A Healthy Diet – this should include lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Avoid processed foods that are high in trans fats, saturated fats and cholesterol. Choose foods that are high in fiber and limit your salt intake.
- Healthy Weight – to determine the best weight range for you, talk to your doctor.
- Physical Activity – for adults, the Surgeon General recommends 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity, such as a brisk walk, each week. Children and teens should get 1 hour of physical activity every day.
- No Smoking – this habit is one of the worst for your overall health, and greatly increases your chances of having a stroke.
- Limit Alcohol Intake – too much alcohol can raise your blood pressure. Men should have no more than two glasses daily, and women should have only one.
Certain conditions, along with your family history, can increase the likelihood of having a stroke. Talk to your doctor if you suffer from any of the following:
- Previous Stroke or Transient Ischemic Attack
- High Blood Pressure
- High Cholesterol
- Heart Disease
- Sickle Cell Disease
Signs of a Stroke
The CDC lists these indicators of a stroke for both men and women:
- Sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking, or difficulty understanding speech
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance, or lack of coordination
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause
If you see anyone experiencing these symptoms, or if you experience them yourself, you should call 9-1-1 right away.
Nothing could be more important than our health! For more information about World Stroke Day and to learn more about the different types of strokes, visit the CDC’s website today.