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Posted on: May 8, 2023

May is National Stroke Awareness Month

May marks National Stroke Awareness Month, and this year the National Stroke Association is turning the spotlight on the modifiable risk factors that account for 90% of strokes globally. Hypertension remains the single most important modifiable risk factor, accounting for nearly 48% of strokes. With eight in 10 people experiencing their first stroke having hypertension, getting your blood pressure checked is an important step in controlling your stroke risk.

Risk factors include; hypertension, physical inactivity, poor diet, obesity, smoking, alcohol use, high blood fats (Lipids), stress, and diabetes.

Beyond reducing your risk for stroke, knowing the signs and symptoms of a stroke are equally important.

The acronym FAST is an easy way to identify the most common symptoms of a stroke: 

F - Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

A - Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

S - Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Is their speech slurred?

T - Time: If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.

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