Learn how to identify your risk of stroke.
May is National Stroke Awareness Month. During this time, the National Stroke Association strives to raise awareness to help victims of stroke and their families promote research and reduce the risk and rate of stroke. In honor of this effort, take time to learn how to identify your own risk.
Do you consider yourself healthy? What is your criteria? When doctors evaluate stroke risk, they look at a spectrum of factors, some of which you may not have considered. In general, you should be getting plenty of rest and regular physical activity. You should be eating a well balanced diet and you should strive to maintain a healthy weight.
There are preventable risk factors of stroke. Smoking is a major one. If you’re otherwise in good health but you’re a smoker, you’re at greater risk of stroke. High blood pressure and high cholesterol are also factors, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If you drink alcohol excessively or smoke, you should quit today.
Understanding risk factors you can’t prevent
Even if you’re in great health, there are some risk factors. Age, race and ethnicity can affect your stroke risk. The CDC reports that African Americans have nearly twice the risk of stroke. While stroke can occur at any age, risk increases as you age.
Know to act quickly
Even if you don’t consider yourself at risk of stroke, you should be familiar with the signs and symptoms. Fast action is crucial when it comes to recovery. Learn when you should seek emergency attention for yourself or a loved one.
Please watch our video and learn what happens when a patient arrives at North Hills Hospital with stroke symptoms.