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Tips on recognizing, preventing strokes

A stroke damages the brain and causes a sudden loss of brain function.

It is important to know the warning signs of a stroke and seek medical attention if you experience any of these symptoms.

With the following symptoms, see your physician or report to the emergency department:

•sudden weakness, numbness, or tingling in the face, arm, or leg;

•sudden temporary loss of speech or trouble understanding speech;

•sudden loss of vision, particularly in one eye, or double vision;

•sudden severe and unusual headache; and

•sudden loss of balance, especially with any of the above signs.

There are many risk factors for a stroke, including some we cannot control.

I would like you to consider the risk factors you can control—and consider making changes to make a healthier you:

•know and control your blood pressure;

•be smoke-free;

•manage your diabetes;

•control your blood cholesterol;

•eat a healthy, low-fat diet;

•be physically active;

•achieve and maintain a healthy weight;

•limit alcohol use; and

•reduce stress

If you are having difficulty managing any of the above risk factors and feel you need assistance, call the Stroke Prevention Clinic at 274-3266 ext. 4208.

Leave a message and I will return your call.

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