May is Stroke Awareness Month: Learn the Warning Signs
Strokes are among the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. They can happen suddenly and with little warning and can affect people at any age. Just this year, 52-year-old Luke Perry and 51-year-old director John Singleton died after suffering a stroke. If someone near you was having a stroke would you know how to help? If not, it’s crucial to learn the warning signs.
What are the Signs of a Stroke?
Common signs are slurred speech, sudden weakness on one side of the body, severe headaches, trouble with balance, loss of vision. The easiest way to remember is the acronym FAST:
- F is for face droopiness
- A stands for arm weakness
- S is for slurred speech
- T means time to call 911
Calling 911 is critical. Time is of the essence for someone having a stroke. The sooner treatment begins, the better their chances for recovery. There are effective ways of treating brain clots, but they have to be done quickly to prevent death and disability.
What Causes a Stroke?
Strokes occur when blood flow to the brain is restricted. The blockage can be caused by a narrowing of the arteries or by a blood clot that travels to the brain and is lodged in a blood vessel. This is known as an ischemic stroke. It is the most common type.
Hemorrhagic strokes are the second most common type. They occur when a blood vessel bursts near or in the brain.
The most significant risk factor for stroke is hypertension or high blood pressure. Often, most people are unaware they have hypertension until a heart attack or stroke occurs. It’s commonly referred to as a silent killer.
High cholesterol is another risk factor. Cholesterol can accumulate in the arteries and block blood flow in the brain. Smoking increases the risk of ischemic stroke. So does having heart disease. Clots may form when blood flow is abnormal, and those clots can make their way to the brain.
How Common Are They?
Nearly 800,000 Americans have a stroke each year, and nearly 150,000 die, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Strokes are becoming more common among middle-aged adults. Four million Americans who have survived a stroke live with impairments, and up to 30 percent are permanently disabled.
Weight Loss Helps Reduce the Risk of Stroke
Healthy lifestyles, consisting of physical activity and a balanced diet are crucial in preventing strokes. Being overweight or obese increases your risk. Physical activity can help keep the extra pounds off and lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
IV Treatment helps breakdown fat and gives you an energy boost to help increase your physical activity. The GMP Weight Loss program consists of B-12 injections, a balanced diet, oral supplements, and an appetite suppressant, if necessary. Reducing your risk of stroke is one of several benefits to getting in shape and losing weight. Get started today! Call us at (305) 823-2433 to make an appointment or schedule one online. We look forward to partnering with you on your healthy lifestyle journey.
April 24, 2019 3:30 pm
Categories: Family Health