Imagine being suddenly weak or paralyzed, unable to move your leg, arm, see normally or feel your face. These are some of the symptoms of a stroke — 911 should be called immediately!
What is a stroke? A stroke or “brain attack” occurs when the brain does not get enough oxygen from the blood, causing death of brain cells. It is easier to prevent a stroke than to recover from stroke disability.
Is smoking ok? No! Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Try smoking one less cigarette each day to achieve the bigger goal of quitting smoking altogether.
Does diet matter? A diet such as Mediterranean diet will reduce inflammatory plaques in your blood vessels, reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke. Numerous studies have proven its effectiveness in preventing stroke and heart attacks.
Will exercise help? A brisk walk 30 minutes per day has been shown to have many benefits. If you are unable to walk, many exercises can be conducted from home while seated in a chair.
Ask your doctor what can be done to prevent a stroke if you ever been diagnosed with high blood pressure, high blood sugar or high cholesterol — or if you smoke.