National Stroke Awareness Month

On average, someone experiences a stroke every 40 seconds in the United States. Strokes are caused by a blockage in blood flow to the brain and may result in paralysis, cognitive problems, numbness, pain, depression, lack of emotional control, and more. Although nearly 80 percent of strokes are preventable, it is still a leading cause of long-term disability in the U.S. As part of National Stroke Awareness Month, Anaheim Regional Medical Center, a designated stroke center, is proud to help spread awareness of the severity of stroke injuries and share information on how to lower your risk for stroke.

Lowering Your Risk for Stroke

While certain unchangeable factors such as family history, age, gender and ethnicity may all contribute to a person’s risk for stroke, it is not entirely out of their hands. Lifestyle changes and preventative measures can be taken in order to protect individuals from stroke.

Take a look at ways you can lessen your risk for stroke:

  • Get up off of that thing: Regular exercise can help prevent a number of health issues, especially stroke. Join a gym, take a daily walk or find something active you enjoy!
  • Don’t pass the salt: Keeping sodium under control can reduce your risk of a stroke. Eat a healthy diet that limits sodium and replaces it with natural nutrients and vitamins.
  • Keep it under control: If you have a history of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes, work closely with your doctor to keep those conditions at bay.
  • Quit smoking. Or don’t start: Smoking cigarettes can cause blood clots and contributes to an average of one in every five strokes in the U.S. Quitting could be the best thing for your body.
  • Just one please: Limiting your alcohol intake could help reduce your risk of stroke. We recommend less than two drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women.

As you make these changes, spread the word! There is nothing like a good community to keep people accountable to one another and to help one another make healthier choices.

Supporting Stroke Awareness

To help support stroke awareness, you can join up with organizations and hospitals who have an established program in place. The first step is education. Learn about the condition, how to recognize a stroke, what causes it, and what steps you can take to lessen your risk. The second step is to share what you’ve learned with others. Use social media to spread helpful articles, blogs, and other information about the fifth leading cause of death in the nation. Or, you can donate to the American Stroke Association. Even small steps to awareness can make huge changes in your community. Together, we can end stroke™.

This article contains general information about medical conditions and treatments. The information is not advice and should not be treated as such. The information is not intended to replace the advice or diagnosis of a physician. If you have any specific questions about any medical matter you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.