Stroke Awareness

Stroke Awareness

Mackenzie Thompson

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.

About Mackenzie

Mackenzie is a lover of world travel, photography, design, style and Chinese cooking. She is passionate about working towards a purpose, recently graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Media and Marketing, and is currently residing in Manhattan.

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