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Knowing the Warning Signs of a Stroke
Could be the Best Prevention
Stroke is our nation's #3 killer and
our best defense is to recognize the warning signs. It
is possible to decrease your chances of having a stroke
through education and a healthy lifestyle. Your brain
needs blood, oxygen, and nutrients to function. A stroke
occurs when a blood vessel that feeds the brain these
vital elements becomes clogged or bursts. That part of
the brain is damaged and will not work, along with the
part of the body it controls. Transient ischemic
attacks, or TIA’s occur before the onset of a major
stroke. They are considered to be a ‘warning stroke’.
TIA’s happen when a blood clot clogs an artery for a
short time. The signs of a stroke and TIA are similar;
the difference is TIA’s usually last only a few minutes.
What are the warning signs of stroke or TIA? You may
have some or all of these symptoms:
Unable to feel one side of the face or body
Sudden weakness in an arm, hand, or leg
Dizziness or loss of balance
Sudden onset of a terribly painful headache
Unable to see out of one eye or double vision
If we as caregivers recognize these warning signs and
take action quickly, we could save the life of the
person we are caring for or prevent a bad stroke.
A healthy lifestyle is important in possible stroke
prevention, which means reducing the known factors.
Uncontrolled high blood pressure, heart disease and
smoking are major causes of stroke.
High blood pressure can be reduced by:
Losing weight if it is necessary
Eating a healthy diet low in salt and fat
Becoming more active
Limiting alcohol intake to no more than 2 drinks per day
Taking medicine the way it is prescribed by your doctor