Stroke is a devastating condition that is the leading cause of disability in North America and the fourth leading cause of death.  We can fight this disease through education and understanding of the risk factors leading to stroke and how to recognize the symptoms early.

What is Stroke?  A stroke occurs when there is a blocked blood vessel  in the brain.   When this happens, blood and oxygen stop flowing and an area of the brain begins to die.

Top 10 risk factors for stroke:

  1. Prior Stroke or Transient Ischemic Attack
  2. Hypertension
  3. History of Myocardial Infarction (heart attack)
  4. Diabetes
  5. Atrial Fibrillation
  6. Hyperlipidemia, High Cholesterol
  7. Carotid Artery Disease
  8. Smoking
  9. Excessive alcohol usage
  • Genetics/Heredity

What can YOU do?

Take care of yourself and your loved ones.  Focus on preventative measures such as a  low fat, low cholesterol diet. Regular exercise promotes a healthy vascular system along with weight management.  Stop smoking and limit alcohol comsumption. Educate yourself and others on how to recognize signs of a stroke and take action fast.

Warning Signs of Stroke – Remember F.A.S.T

F.A.S.T is:

Face  Drooping – sudden one side of face/drooping

Arm Weakness – sudden weakness in the arms or legs

Speech difficulty – sudden difficulty speaking – slurred or unable to speak

Time to call 911– If you or someone develops these symptoms, call 911 or get to hospital IMMEDIATELY!

Time loss = brain loss

For more information please visit www.strokeassociation.org