If you know the signs of stroke and seek medical care immediately, your chances of living a normal life through recovery and rehabilitation increase significantly.
But how do you spot a stroke? Remember this acronym: BE FAST
Balance is suddenly off.
Eyesight changes in one or both eyes.
Arm drifts downward when raised.
Speech is slurred.
Time is critical: Call 911 immediately.
Your risk of stroke is higher if you:
- Have history of stroke in the family
- Have high blood pressure
- Have high cholesterol
- Have diabetes
- Are overweight
- Do not exercise
- Drink too much alcohol
In addition to the risks above, women need to know their risk of stroke is higher if they:
- Are taking birth control pills
- Are currently pregnant
- Are taking hormones to relieve menopause symptoms
- Have a large waist circumference
- Suffer from migraine headaches with aura