May is Stroke Awareness Month
Strokes Are A Race Against Time
Every 40 seconds, someone in America has a stroke. It’s the fourth leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of long-term disability, but stroke is also largely preventable, treatable, and beatable.
Warning Signs of Stroke
The difference between a best possible recovery and lasting disability can depend upon how fast someone responds to the signs of stroke and gets help. If you experience any of the following signs of stroke, call 911 immediately:
- Numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
- Confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
- Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden and severe headache
If people seek treatment within three hours of the first onset of symptoms, physicians have more options to fight strokes and save lives. That’s why it’s so important to know the signs of stroke inside and out.
Risk factors for stroke include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, smoking and a past history of strokes or mini strokes called TIA (transient ischemic attacks).
The good news is that there are ways to minimize some of these risk factors, including:
- Quit smoking
- Control your blood pressure
- Keep physically active
- Improve your diet and maintain a healthy weight
- Manage stress
- See your doctor regularly and take medication as directed
The Joint Commission has certified Northridge Hospital as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center—the first one in the central San Fernando Valley. This nationally recognized standard of care fosters the best possible outcomes for stroke sufferers. Click here for more information on strokes.
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