May is American Stroke Month. The providers at Greenville Health System encourage you to take charge or your health by learning how to prevent, identify and treat stroke. Are you Stroke Superhero? #GHSstrokesuperhero
Every 40 seconds someone has a stroke
Stroke is the leading cause of disability in the U.S.
One out of six people will suffer from stroke in his or her lifetime
Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death in the U.S.
Source: American Stroke Association
- Maintain a healthy weight – target a body mass index (BMI) of less than 25.
- Get moving – log 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity, like brisk walking, per week.
- Eat right – make vegetables and fruits, whole grains, and fish mealtime staples. Eat a high-fiber diet rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans and whole grains Consume calcium-rich foods like low-fat or skim milk. Limit red meat and avoid processed meats.
- Blood Pressure Control- monitor your blood pressure closely to ensure it’s within normal range.
- Stop smoking – if you smoke, quit.
- Drink less – Alcohol.
Know the Signs
You can become a stroke hero just by knowing the stroke warning signs and being prepared to use them. F-A-S-T
• Face Drooping – One side of the face droops when the person is asked to smile.
• Arm Weakness – One arm drifts downward when the person is asked to raise both arms.
• Speech Difficulty – The person is slurring, hard to understand, unable to speak.
• Time to call 9-1-1 – If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get him or her to the hospital immediately.
TAKE The American Stroke Association’s F.A.S.T. QUIZ. Share the quiz with your friends, family and coworkers so more Americans will be stroke ready.
Who’s At Risk
Men and women who have any of the following:
• High blood pressure
• Heart disease
• High cholesterol
• Physical inactivity/obesity
What Disabilities can Result from a Stroke?
Stroke damage in the brain can affect the entire body—resulting in mild to severe disabilities such as:
• Problems thinking
• Problems speaking
• Emotional problems
Who’s Your Doctor?
The physicians of Greenville Health System encourage you to be aware of the signs of stroke. If you believe that you or someone else is suffering from stroke get medical attention immediately. Proper treatment within the first 90 minutes could mean the difference between, life, death, permanent disability or full recovery. It’s that simple… and it could save your life!
If you don’t have a primary care physician, contact a Greenville Health System primary care physician at 1-844-GHS-DOCS (447-3627) or click here to find a physician who will work to keep you healthy and loving life!
If you’re doing all the right things to be healthy and to prevent stroke, shout it out loud and tell all your friends. Take a picture of yourself exercising, eating healthy or making good choices, post it on Facebook or Twitter with #itsafact and pat yourself on the back. You’re working to be healthy and inspiring others to get healthy too!
EXAMPLE: I didn’t want to get out of bed this morning to exercise, but my workout buddy made sure we did! So glad we got out here to enjoy this beautiful day. Getting healthy can be fun. #itsafact