It’s National Stroke Awareness Month – That time of the year when we all are needed to embrace awareness, empower lives and value prevention. Stroke, often referred to as a “brain attack,” occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted, leading to potential long-term disabilities or even death. Every year, more than 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke. However, with increased awareness and education, we can make a significant difference in preventing strokes and improving the lives of millions affected by this condition.
Recognizing the signs and symptoms of a stroke is crucial for prompt medical attention. So here are key red flags that should not go unnoticed in any case:
1) Sudden weakness or numbness in the face, arms, or legs.
2) Finding difficulty speaking or understanding speech.
3) Severe headache and dizziness.
4) Trouble with coordination.
Knowing these warning signs can save lives by enabling timely intervention and treatment. Once you are capable of pin-pointing the warning signs, this is where the life-saving role of prevention pays off. Certain lifestyle modifications can significantly reduce the risks of a stroke. Here are are some power-packed factors that can be game-changers in saving a precious life:
1) Incorporate regular exercise in your routine.
2) Invest in a balanced diet.
3) Maintain a healthy weight.
4) Avoid smoking.
5) Medicate/manage conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and cholesterol levels.
In addition to learning about signs and spreading awareness, we all should come forward and empower communities, organizations and healthcare professionals that have worked towards saving thousands of lives through conducting educational campaigns, seminars, and workshops. Let’s help these communities by disseminating knowledge about strokes, risk factors, and prevention strategies. Doing this, we can arm ourselves with the information needed to make informed choices for our health and the health of our loved ones.