Lower Your Risk of Having a Stroke

Strokes are the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States. They can be caused by a clot obstructing the flow of blood to the brain or by a blood vessel rupturing and preventing blood flow to the brain. The good news is that 80% of strokes are preventable and can be treated.

It’s important to know the signs of stroke to reduce the effects and save your life! Call 9-1-1 if you notice any of  these symptoms:

• Sudden confusion or difficulty understanding
• Dizziness or loss of balance
• Sudden numbness or weakness
• Trouble speaking and/or walking
• Sudden, severe headache
• Changes in vision

Take charge of your health to help prevent a stroke.  A healthy lifestyle and working with your health care team to control your risk of stroke could save your life.

• Treat high blood pressure, if you have it.
• Don’t smoke and avoid second-hand smoke.
• Eat a healthy diet that’s low in saturated fat, trans fat, added sugars and salt.
• Control your blood sugar if you have diabetes.
• Be physically active.
• Get regular medical check-ups.

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