Do You Know the Symptoms of Experiencing a Stroke?

Do You Know the Symptoms of Experiencing a Stroke? – May is Stroke Awareness Month, so let’s shine some attention on the symptoms of a stroke and how we can prevent one from occurring at all! Find out all the deets right here on Newsymom!

This is Public Health is brought to you in partnership with the Tuscarawas County Health Department.

May = Stroke Awareness Month

May is Stroke Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness about the importance of recognizing the signs and symptoms of stroke and taking action to prevent it. A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted, either because of a blood clot or a rupture in a blood vessel. This can lead to brain damage or even death, which is why it’s so important to act quickly if you think someone is having a stroke.

It’s crazy to see the stats in a graphic! The darker the purple, the more people have died from a experiencing a stroke. Be aware of your symptoms and don’t hesitate to call 911. (Stroke Death Rates, 35+ By County, CDC)

Some Stroke Prevention Tips:

One of the most important things you can do to prevent a stroke is to make healthy lifestyle choices. This includes eating a healthy diet, getting regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, not smoking, and not drinking alcohol (or drinking in moderation). These choices can help reduce your risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and other conditions that can increase your risk of stroke.

Be Aware of the Symptoms of Stroke

It’s also important to be aware of the symptoms of stroke so that you can recognize them and take action quickly. The most common symptoms of stroke include:

  • Sudden weakness or numbness on one side of the body, including the face, arm, or leg
  • Sudden confusion or trouble speaking or understanding others
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, or loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause

If you or someone you know experiences any of these symptoms, it’s important to call 911 right away. The faster you can get medical help, the better the chances of recovery.

Act FAST to survive a stroke! (Women and Stroke, CDC)

Reduce Your Risk of Stroke

There are also several things you can do to reduce your risk of stroke, including:

  • Monitoring your blood pressure and keeping it under control
  • Managing your cholesterol levels
  • Controlling your blood sugar if you have diabetes
  • Quitting smoking if you smoke
  • Limiting your alcohol consumption
  • Managing stress through relaxation techniques such as meditation or yoga

By taking these steps to prevent stroke and recognizing the symptoms of stroke, you can help protect yourself and your loved ones from this serious condition. So this May, take some time to learn more about stroke and how you can reduce your risk. It could make all the difference in the world.

Looking for a New Medical Provider? TCHD Can Help!

If you’re looking for a new medical provider, the Tuscarawas County Health Department has you covered! Schedule an appointment to talk about your health history and get specific recommendations for preventing stroke based on your personal health history. Call them at (330) 343-5555 x.1000 for more information on your next step to stroke prevention.

Following along on Facebook (@tchdnow) will keep you in the loop with all things health and safety in Tuscarawas County!

Melissa Klatt


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