May is National Stroke Awareness Month. According to the American Stroke Association stroke is the second leading cause of death worldwide and the leading cause of disability. This means that one in six of us will have a stroke during our lifetime.
In addition, approximately 80% of stroke can be prevented. By controlling high blood pressure, not smoking, controlling blood sugar, implementing a healthy lifestyle, being physically active and reducing obesity are some of the lifestyle recommendations you can implement to prevent stroke. If you are curious about your risk factors for stroke, you can take a minute to complete the quiz.
When it comes to gender, stroke is more common in women, so consider looking at this infographic for risk factors and statistics to consider. In addition, an important concept to remember F.A.S.T.
It is good to know the following because they are the symptoms that indicate a stroke:
- F ace hanging
- A rm weakness
- S difficulty
- T ime to call 911
If you see someone with any of the indicators above or if you experience these yourself it's time to call 911. This is an important step that can make a huge difference when it comes to applies to recovery.
For many more resources and quizzes related to stroke, visit the American Stroke Association.
Additional Resource: Heart at Work, AHA