80% of Strokes are Preventable! 10% of stroke patients are between the ages of 18 and 50. Stroke does not discriminate and can happen to any one at any time. Sadly, there has been a 44% increase in young adults who were hospitalized due to a stroke. That is alarming. Let's all work together to end this preventable disease.
There are several ways to reduce your risk of a stroke. Keeping your blood pressure under control (normal blood pressure is 120/80 or below), get your cholesterol checked, stop smoking, maintain a healthy weight, and exercise regularly.
Most people are not familiar with the warning signs of a stroke. Here is a great reminder for us all!! FAST is the best way to assess the signs of a stroke:
If you are having a stroke, it is imperative that you get to the hospital as quickly as possible. CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY. Treatment for stroke is very time dependent. If you delay getting medical attention, more brain tissue is being damaged. "TIME IS BRAIN".
There are several resources available about this preventable disease or speak with your HeatlhCare Provider.