Sudden and serious
Every 40 seconds someone in the United States has a stroke—a condition where blood flow and oxygen are cut off from the brain because of a blood clot or blocked blood vessel. Strokes can lead to death, permanent loss of brain function and are the leading cause of long-term disability. A stroke occurs suddenly. Brain cells die in minutes. And prompt treatment is critical—which is why it’s important to know how to detect and help prevent strokes.
Know the signs
Recognizing the symptoms of a stroke could save your life—or the life of someone you love. Take signs seriously and call 9-1-1 immediately. Common signs include:
If you think someone is having a stroke, B.E.—F.A.S.T.:
Stroke risk factors
While some things—genetics, gender, race and age—are beyond our control, many risk factors for stroke are linked to lifestyle choices. Your provider can identify health risks and work with you to treat—and help you change—conditions that could lead to this serious, life-changing event. Risk factors include:
An ounce of prevention
Keep regular visits with your primary care provider for screenings that could indicate if you’re at risk for a stroke. Among other things, he or she will evaluate your blood pressure (one of the biggest risk factors for strokes), weight, lifestyle and health history to assess health risks—and recommend treatments, medications or lifestyle changes to help protect your heath. Talk to your HMH primary care provider—or visit our primary care team page to learn more or to schedule important wellness appointments.
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