May is National Stroke Awareness Month, which means it’s a good time to bone up on warning signs and preventive measures.
We’ve gathered a list of good habits from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help you both lower your risk of having a stroke and improve your overall well-being. Please note that these habits are general best practices for stroke prevention.
Habits to Help Prevent Stroke
- Engage in at least 2.5 hours of moderate activity per week.
- Fill half of your plate with fruits and/or vegetables at every meal to ensure you’re getting plenty of nutrients.
- Pay attention to your numbers, like blood pressure, cholesterol, sugar levels, etc. If your numbers fall outside of the indicated range, consider seeking out resources to help you raise or lower them.
- Ensure alcohol intake is moderate.
- If you smoke, consider seeking out resources to help you quit.
- Schedule preventive appointments, tests and screenings to ensure you’re keeping track of your health.
- If you or someone you know displays any of these symptoms, seek immediate emergency assistance.
- Sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or difficulty understanding speech
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or lack of coordination
- Sudden and severe headache with no known cause
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