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There are two types of a stroke:

An Ischemic stroke results when blood flow can’t get to the tissue of the brain.

A Hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel leaks or ruptures and can be caused by hypertension or aneurysms.

A Stroke is a medical emergency. High Blood Pressure is the biggest contributor to the risk of stroke in both men and women. Monitoring blood pressure and if it is elevated, treating it, is probably the biggest difference people can make to their vascular health. Early treatment with medication like tPA (clot buster) can minimize brain damage. Other treatments focus on limiting complications and preventing additional strokes.

Strokes can be deadly... but they can be prevented by avoiding junk food, consuming healthy meals, walking, physical activity. If your family has a stroke history, invest in a home blood pressure moniter...120/80 is good.

SIGNS OF A STROKE ARE:

  • Side of face droops when smiling
  • When lifting arms, on arm drops back down
  • Slurred speech

WAYS TO HELP PREVENT STROKES:

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Lose weight
  • Exercise more
  • Drink in moderation



Gotta minute? Watch a short video on strokes.

So what puts us at risk for having a stroke?

  • Smoking
  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • Being lazy
  • Diabetes
  • Being overweight
  • Bad diet
How can I prevent a stroke?
  • Avoid Junk Food
  • Consume Healthy Meals
  • Invest in a home blood pressure monitor
  • Maintain a healthy blood pressure - 120/80
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Exercise Daily - 30 min. walk
  • Drink in moderation - 1 5oz glass of wine - 12 oz beer or 1.5 oz liquor a day
How to achieve good blood pressure?
  • Reduce salt intake - no more than 1,500 milligrams a day (about 1/2 teaspoon
  • Avoid high cholesterol foods, such as burgers, cheese and ice cream
  • Eat 4-5 cups of fruits and vegtabless every day
  • Get at least 30 minutes of activity every day
  • Quit Smoking
Signs of a stroke?
  • Side of face droops when smiling
  • When lifting arm, one arm drops back down
  • Slurred speech
  • Trouble walking
  • Paralysis or numbness
  • Unusual or severe headache
  • If you heart palpitations or shortness of breath, see your doctor
Protect yourself... have a Doctor test your blood for:
  • Cholesterol … Healthy Cholesterol is under 200
  • Blood Sugar … Healthy Blood sugar level is average of 90
  • Blood Pressure … Healthy Blood Pressure level is 120/80
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