American stroke month is in May and is meant to educate people on the risk of strokes and how you can prevent them. A stroke is damage caused to the brain when there is an interruption in blood supply. This can cause lasting damage that can be as severe as lasting paralysis on one or both sides of the body. Around 795,000 people suffer from strokes every year of which 600,000 are first time strokes and 185,000 are repeat strokes. The people most likely to have a stroke are people over the age of sixty-five. This is because your chances of having a stroke double each year after turning fifty-five.
There are many ways to reduce your risk of having a stroke and there are also many things that will put you at risk for a stroke. The things that you can do to reduce your risk of stroke include losing weight, lowering your blood pressure, quitting smoking cigarettes, exercise more, and, surprisingly enough, drinking. Drinking one serving of alcohol per day can reduce your risk of stroke but if you even go up to two per day it raises your risk.
Luckily, eighty percent of strokes are preventable which is a great percentage. This is why it is so important to know the warning signs of a stroke and know what to do if you see someone having a stroke. The warning signs are easy to remember as long as you remember F.A.S.T. which stands for Face, Arms, Speech, and Time. Face is because one side of the face will usually droop when a person is having a stroke. Arms because one side of the body will experience weakness so you can have the person hold their arms up and if one falls it is a good indicator that they are having a stroke. Speech is slurred when someone is having a stroke and time is an important factor in the person’s well-being because they need medical care soon!
Strokes are very preventable and it is something that you should pay special attention to and encourage others around you to do the same. Take charge of your own life and well-being by taking the time to get checked out by your doctor and making sure that you are healthy.