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Stroke Awareness, Don't Be the Next Victim

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May is Stroke Awareness Month!

Stroke Awareness Month helps promote the significance of strokes and how we can effectively identify the symptoms of one. Hutchinson Regional Medical Center wants to  aid in this effort not only to raise awareness but to educate the public on what to do when a stroke occurs. By spreading the word about strokes we could potentially lessen the amount of casualties that result each year.

Causes of Stroke

Killing nearly 130,000 Americans a year, stroke is the 5th ranked cause of death in the United States along with cancer and Alzheimer’s. (To see a list of the top 10 causes of death in the U.S. click here: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/282929.php).  

A stroke can cause a person to experience fatigue, memory loss, and permanent loss of speech and movement. A stroke occurs when a clot cuts off blood flow to a part of the brain. The sooner we can spot the symptoms of a stroke the quicker we can get them to a hospital for treatment. The symptoms include:

  • Numbness and/or weakness in the face, arms or legs
  • Confusion or difficulty speaking
  • Dizziness or trouble walking
  • Severe headache

How to prevent a stroke

Over 800,000 people in the United States have a stroke every year. By following one or more of these simple steps you can help prevent a stroke from occurring in your life and in someone else’s.

  • Eat healthy
  • Exercise
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Limit alcohol use
  • Control blood pressure
  • Stay hydrated
  • Talk with your doctor
  • Manage diabetes
  • Manage heart disease

Want to learn more about strokes? Visit: www.strokeassociation.org