A stroke – also known as a “brain attack” – is an interruption of blood flow to an area of the brain, resulting in damage to the brain due to a lack of oxygen reaching cells in the affected area. Stroke occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery (Ischemic Stroke), or when a blood vessel bursts (Hemorrhagic Stroke).
According to the National Stroke Association, about 795,000 strokes will occur this year – about one stroke every 40 seconds. Stroke can affect any individual, at any age, but the risk increases with age, and women are more likely to have a stroke than men.
Symptoms of stroke include a change of normal function in areas of speech, movement or memory.
Two million brain cells die every minute during a stroke. Recognizing symptoms and acting FAST can save the victim’s life and help limit their disabilities.
Stroke symptoms include SUDDEN numbness or weakness in the face, arm or leg – especially on one side of the body; SUDDEN confusion, or trouble speaking or understanding; SUDDEN trouble with vision in one or both eyes; SUDDEN dizziness, loss of balance/coordination, or trouble walking; SUDDEN severe headache with no known cause.
Face – ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
Arms – Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
Speech – Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
Time – If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately!
Individuals can minimize risk in several ways, including:
- Reduce/eliminate tobacco use
- Reduce/eliminate alcohol use
- Address obesity/excess weight
Other risk factors include:
- High Blood Pressure
- Atrial Fibrillation –an irregular heartbeat that causes blood to pool in the heart
- High Cholesterol
- Atherosclerosis – plaque buildup in the arteries
Walkable streets that encourage physical activity, outdoor living and low-maintenance features help reduce stress, and a community of neighbors who become friends are the hallmarks of each Windsong community. Each has a positive impact on happiness and health, helping you address at least some of the risk factors of stroke and other health challenges.
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