The fifth leading cause of death in the U. S. is stroke. And it is also a major cause of disability for adults.
Since May is National Stroke Awareness Month, take a moment and learn about this health issue.
What is a stroke and how would I recognize if a loved one or someone around me is having one? Basically, stroke is caused by blocked blood flow to the brain. Here are some of the warning signs of stroke:
- Weakness in the face, arm or leg.
- Difficulty speaking.
- Vision loss.
- Brief loss of consciousness.
What can cause or contribute to a stroke? Consider these risk factors:
- Alcohol consumption.
- High blood pressure.
- High cholesterol.
- Poor eating choices.
Up to 80 percent of strokes could be prevented just by adopting a healthy lifestyle.
If you think someone is having a stroke, call 911 immediately. Note the time when you first noticed the symptoms.
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