September- Stroke Awareness

Stoke is the 4th leading cause of death and disability in the United States.

So exactly what is a stroke? A stroke is a sudden interruption in the blood supply of the brain. Most strokes are caused by an abrupt blockage of arteries leading to the brain (ischemic stroke). Other strokes are caused by bleeding into brain tissue when a blood vessel bursts (hemorrhagic stroke).

Stroke Warning Signs and Symptoms

  1. Sudden NUMBNESS or weakness of face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body.
  2. Sudden CONFUSION, trouble speaking or understanding speech.
  3. Sudden TROUBLE SEEING in one or both eyes.
  4. Sudden TROUBLE WALKING, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
  5. Sudden SEVERE HEADACHE with no known cause.

Stroke prevention can start today. Protect yourself and avoid stroke, regardless of your age or family history.

  1. Lower blood pressure.
  2. Lose weight.
  3. Exercise more.
  4. If you drink — do it in moderation.
  5. Treat atrial fibrillation.
  6. Treat diabetes.
  7. Quit smoking.

The Operators’ Health Center can help you with stroke prevention by introducing you to their Disease and Condition Management program. Through this program you meet one-on-one with a provider that will assess your situation and get you started on living a healthier lifestyle. Call today to schedule your appointment and begin Building Better Health!

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Countryside OHC: (708) 485-2273

Merrillville OHC: (219) 525-1150

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