by Mackenzie Thompson
Life Saver, AMC
posted on Jan 14, 2014, at 9:53 pm
NATIONAL STROKE AWARENESS MONTH takes place every year in May. The purpose? To raise awareness that will help people become mindful of the signs of a stroke and to know the steps needed to be taken in order to prevent one from happening.
Know the Signs:
Do you know the signs? Remember them by using FAST (Face, Arms, Speech and Time).
There are plenty of things you can do to prevent a stroke from happening, such as:
- • Watch What You Eat
- -Your diet plays a crucial role in stroke prevention. Some of the things that should be limited from your daily intake are red meats, salt, trans-fats, and processed meats. A Vitamin D deficiency may also be a factor to consider when preventing a stroke.
- • Check the Numbers
- – Make sure you are scheduling regular doctor check-ups. This will ensure that your blood pressure, cholesterol, HDL and homocysteine levels are in good shape.
- • Quit Smoking
- – A study has shown that stroke risk decreases significantly two-years after a smoker quits. Nicotine and carbon monoxide will damage your cardiovascular system, putting you at a higher risk for a stroke.
Remember, immediately after recognizing the signs of a stroke, it is vital that 9-1-1 is called.