May is National Stroke Awareness Month

A stroke can happen to anyone, at any time, at any age. It is important to know what the symptoms are and what to do if you spot them. A stroke occurs when blood flow to an area of the brain is restricted because it is blocked by a clot. The brain cells deprived of blood flow begin to die because there is no oxygen and nutrients to the area needed to survive.
There are two types of stroke. The most common type of stroke, called ischemic, is caused by a blood clot that blocks or plugs a blood vessel in the brain.  The second type of stroke, called hemorrhagic, occurs when a blood vessel in the brain ruptures. Hemorrhagic stroke is commonly caused by high blood pressure and brain aneurysms.
Use the letters FAST to spot stroke signs and know when to call 911.
F – Face Drooping. Is one side of the face drooping or feel numb?
A – Arm weakness. Does the suddenly drift downward on one side of the body?
S – Speech. Trouble speaking or slurred speech? Unable to speak or hard to understand?
T – Time counts. Notice any of these warning signs? If so, call 9-1-1 immediately, even if the symptoms go away.

Unsure if it’s a stroke?? Call 911 anyway! Don’t wait! Sometimes other symptoms, beyond FAST appear like, numbness, confusion, trouble seeing or walking and severe headache.
Want to learn more about stroke?
•Talk to your healthcare provider about your personal risk factor for having a stroke.
•If you or someone you know is a stroke survivor, local support groups are available.

Check out these support groups and educational groups in our local area:

Mountain View Hospital
Diagnosis, treatment, education and outreach
Program serves patients, caregivers, and families
When: First Tuesday of every month from 2:00pm-3:00pm
Location: Mountain View H2U Office Suite 114
For more information, call (702) 233-5474

Spring Valley Hospital
Learn about life after a stroke from survivors and experts.
When: Third Friday of each month from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: Use the main entrance of the hospital and follow the signage for the Stroke Support Group
For more information, call 702-853-3162.

Did you Know?
•Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death and disability nationwide and fifth in Nevada.
•On average, every 40 seconds someone in the United States has a stroke.
•Stroke can happen to anyone, at any age. An estimated, 80% of strokes are preventable by taking small steps to reduce personal risk.
•The risk of having a stroke increases each decade in people over the age of 55.
•To reduce your risk for stroke make simple lifestyle changes by; maintain a healthy diet, manage blood pressure, maintain a healthy weight, get physically active, lower cholesterol, reduce blood sugar and don’t smoke.
•Stroke is treatable. If you or someone you know was having a stroke.

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