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American Stroke Awareness Month

A stroke can happen in the blink of an eye. One minute you could be talking avidly to the person in front of you, the next minute both of your lives could be changed forever! Two facts that some people do not realize: anyone at any age can get a stroke, and 80% of strokes are preventable. (Source: American Stroke Association) That is why National Stroke Prevention Month campaign was initiated, so that interested organizations and citizens could band together and spread the word about what health steps people can take to lessen their risk of stroke.

Common Stroke Misconceptions and FAQs

There are a lot of details surrounding strokes that people are in the dark about. Here are a few of them that the Volunteer Stroke Scheme has pointed out:

  • What is a stroke? During a stroke, part of the brain is affected. The brain gets severely damaged due to a blood clot or hemorrhage. Some patients live through a stroke, but their functions will be impacted. Depending on the size of the blood clot o hemorrhage, patients can partially or completely recover, or they could die.

 

  • Stress causes strokes, right? A lot of people assume that if the person was overworking or under a lot of pressure before they had the attack, that the work was the cause. These issues build up over time. Some people have had a stroke while they were asleep, and some have had them when they were exerting themselves. Fact of the matter is a large contributor to strokes is high blood pressure, and that can be manipulated by stress, but the blood pressure can be controlled!

 

·       How can strokes be prevented? There are a few things that concerned individuals can do to lessen their risk for a stroke. It is said that those who are physically active have a 25-30% lower risk of acquiring this illness. (Source: The National Stroke Association)

Take Care of Your Heart

High blood pressure is another large contributor to a stroke. (Source: The American Heart Association) The American Heart Association also has several recommendations for ways to keep the blood pressure down:

  1. Keep a pulse on your diet. Make sure that it is well-balanced and low on salt.
  2. Keep the alcohol consumption under control.
  3. Exercise, exercise exercise!
  4. Try to manage stress
  5. Try to maintain a healthy weight
  6. Quit smoking cigarettes

Action Items

The more people that know the dangers and prevention methods of a stroke, the more people to help spread the word to everyone else! Thankfully there are multiple organizations taking a stand and producing many helpful resources that advocates can utilize to spread the word via teaching, social media, and informed word of mouth.

The National Stroke Association has put together a very informative platform chock full of resources. They have compelling videos, events, volunteer opportunities, images, social media posts, and even e-cards…all available for anyone to use at the click of a mouse. A stroke is not a light matter to ignore, now is the time to see a doctor and determine your risks for a stroke. Spread the word to others, lets keep this chain of information going around. It could save many lives!

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