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H.E.L.P. for Strokes

HELP for StrokesAccording to the American Heart Association, nearly 795,000 Americans suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year. Although this is a highly preventable disease, strokes are the number four cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States.

Don’t let a stroke take you by surprise. With a stroke occurring on average every 40 seconds, it can take a vibrant, healthy person by surprise in a matter of moments. It is crucial to understand the warning signs of a stroke.  If you can remember HELP NOW, you can remember how to detect signs of stroke:

H – Headache: A sudden, severe headache, particularly in someone with no history of headaches.

E – Eyesight: A sudden change in vision in either one or both eyes.

L – Language: A sudden difficulty in talking or understanding speech.

P – Paralysis:  The sudden onset of a complete inability to use a part of the body, especially an arm and a leg on the same side.

N – Numbness:  The sudden onset of numbness on the face, an arm and/or a leg, especially on the same side.

O – Orientation: The sudden onset of disorientation or confusion.

W – Weakness: The sudden onset of weakness in an arm and/or leg, especially on one side.  This needs to be evaluated even if the person still has some use of the extremity.

Prevention is the key.  In the event that symptoms occur in spite of your preventive measures, every second counts.  Should any of these occur, seek medical help immediately. To more about building a healthy heart, click here.

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