May is Stroke Awareness Month

posted May 14, 2015, 9:22 AM by First Congregational Church United Church of Christ   [ updated Apr 6, 2017, 4:09 PM ]

In the United States, stroke is a leading cause of death and a leading cause of long-term adult disability. 
A stroke is a brain attack, cutting off vital blood flow and oxygen to the brain.

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO REDUCE YOUR RISK OF STROKE?
  • Know your blood pressure

  • Find out if you have atrial fibrillation (an abnormal heartbeat)

  • Stop smoking

  • Find out if you have high cholesterol

  • If you are diabetic, follow instructions to keep it in control

  • Include exercise in your daily routine

  • Eat a lower salt, lower fat diet

  • Ask your doctor if you have circulation problems

  • Act FAST

USE THE FAST TEST TO REMEMBER WARNING SIGNS OF STROKE:

F = Face           Ask the person to smile.  Does one side of the face droop?

A = Arms         Ask the person to raise both arms.  Does one arm drift downward?

S = Speech       Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence.  Does the speech sound slurred or strange?

T = Time          If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately!

Please let me know if you need your blood pressure taken.  I am happy to do that whenever I am in church.  If you would like to make an appointment, I will meet you at the church at a mutually convenient time.  Please do all you can to reduce your risk for stroke and also know what to do if you suspect someone is having a stroke!

 

Your parish nurse,

Mary Ann Martin, RN



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