Where your health is concerned, knowledge is power.
This is especially true when it comes to a stroke.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States, killing about 140,000 Americans each year — that’s 1 of every 20 deaths.
While a stroke may not always be preventable, there are steps you can take to lower your risk of having one. And, in the event of a stroke, knowing the signs and acting quickly can lessen its effects.
Check out the infographic below to learn more about the risk factors for stroke and the BE FAST method for recognizing the symptoms of a stroke. Consider printing and sharing this information with caregivers and loved ones in your life.
If you have any of the risk factors associated with a stroke, talk with your doctor about the best ways you can guard your health. Some suggestions might include:
- Taking medication to control your high blood pressure
- Keeping tight control of your diabetes
- Quitting smoking
- Regulating your high blood pressure with medication, weight loss and/or exercise
- Eating a well-balanced diet with a lower amount of sodium
- Exercising in a way that works for you
Some medications are known to increase your risk of stroke, so be sure to educate yourself on the side effects of any medications you may be taking, and consult with your doctor if a change is needed.