3 Things You Need to Know About Stroke
While we have made tremendous strides in reducing stroke from the second leading to the fifth leading cause of death, stroke remains one of the top causes of major disability in the United States. This is alarming considering the fact that 85% of all strokes are preventable.
1. How can I reduce my chances of having a stroke?
The most effective ways are to maintain blood pressures at or below 130/80 mmhg, lower cholesterol, maintain a healthy weight, exercise for at least 30 minutes a day 5 days a week, eat a heart healthy diet, and regulate your glucose levels if you are a diabetic.
2. What are the signs and symptoms of a stroke?
Facial drop, sudden extreme weakness, speech difficulties, sudden vision loss, and/or sudden dizziness or difficulty walking. If you have one or more of these symptoms, call 911 immediately.
3. What can the hospital do for my stroke?
The most important aspect of stroke treatment is time. Time is brain so the most important thing is to get to the hospital as soon as possible and know the last known well time. There are stroke treatments available within the first critical few hours so it is imperative to call 911 so your treatment can start in the ambulance and the hospital can be notified prior to arrival.
Prevention is the answer moving forward and knowing signs and symptoms of a stroke can illicit early treatment to reduce the harmful effects of a brain attack.
About the Author
Gregory Meadows MSN, RN, SCRN is a Stroke/STEMI Coordinator at Alamance Regional Medical Center