Stroke is a disease that can happen to anyone at anytime, it occurs when blood flow to an area of the brain is cut off. Stroke affects nearly 800,000 Americans each year. The good news, nearly 80% of strokes are preventable. Let’s bring stroke awareness to your friends, family and community.
Be aware of the symptoms:
- Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg, especially on just one side of the body.
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking, or understanding.
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause.
DFD providers will work with you to decrease your risks for disease like stroke. Some ways to decrease your risk for stroke include:
- Lower high blood pressure and stress
- Lower high cholesterol
- Get regular exercise
- Quit smoking
- Eat a well balanced diet
If you suspect someone is having a stroke think FAST: