Stroke Awareness Month
According to the CDC, someone in the United States will have a stroke every 40 seconds. And someone dies from a stroke every four minutes. For National Stroke Awareness Month, CCMH has important stroke prevention and awareness facts that could help you reduce your risk of stroke.
Stroke Risk Factors
While old age does increase the risk of stroke, it can happen at any age for anyone. Knowing your medical history and family medical history, as well as risk concerning race/ethnicity, could help you understand your personal risk of stroke. If you’re a black American, your risk of stroke is nearly twice as high compared to Caucasians. The death rate due to stroke is also the highest for black Americans.
Other risk factors include:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Being a woman
- Unhealthy lifestyle
The CDC recommends consistent checkups at home and with your doctor if you have medical conditions that increase your risk of stroke. Consistently communicating and working with your health care team could significantly drop your chances of encountering a stroke. Scheduling visits with your doctor to monitor concerns such as cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease is critical for personal prevention care.
You can also decrease your chances of stroke by choosing healthy lifestyle options, such as:
- A healthy diet
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Physical activity
- Quitting/Not Starting smoking
- Alcohol in moderation
Teaming up with your health care providers and making those smart lifestyle choices are some of the best stroke prevention tactics you can use to reduce your chances.
Comanche County Memorial Hospital is a Primary Stroke Center and earned the Joint Commission’s Gold seal of Approval for our stroke care.
Follow B.E. F.A.S.T guidelines if you believe you or someone near you is having a stroke:
- Balance – Loss of Balance?
- Eyes – Blurry or double vision?
- Face – Uneven or paralyzed face?
- Arm – Arm drifting downwards or paralyzed?
- Speech – Strange speech?
- Time – Call 911 immediately
Please visit our website for more information or resources about stroke care. And call 911 or contact our ambulance services at (580) 585 – 5555 at any sign of a stroke. Seconds are crucial when it comes to stroke care!
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