How to Spot a Stroke and More That You Need to Know
How to Spot a Stroke Victim FAST
With a stroke, time lost is brain lost. That’s why the University of Miami Health System wants you to know how to spot the signs of someone suffering from a stroke. If you or anyone you see is exhibiting these symptoms, call 911. Immediate medical treatment can help avoid further brain damage and save a life.
7 Ways to Help Prevent Stroke
Strokes are life-threatening, but largely preventable. Follow what doctors call Life’s Simple 7 rules to significantly lower your chances of stroke and improve your overall health.
In the United States, blacks and Hispanics have a statistically greater chance of having a fatal stroke. If you understand your genetic and behavioral risk factors, you can make lifestyle, diet and medication changes to help lower your risk for this life-threatening condition.
High blood pressure is a major risk factor for stroke, but you may not even know that you have it. New blood pressure guidelines have lowered the standard for what’s considered to be high blood pressure (hypertension). Do you know your numbers and what they reveal about your risk for this “silent killer”?
The key to saving the brain and life of a stroke victim is immediate medical intervention. But advancements in technology and techniques available at the University of Miami Health System can provide effective stroke treatment in some cases up to 24 hours after a stroke occurs.
Different Types of Strokes Require Different Responses
When someone has a stroke, the immediate signs and symptoms are predictable, including slurred speech, facial drooping, mental confusion and a limp/weak arm. But types of stroke and their causes vary. Diagnosing the type of stroke can determine treatment and future prevention efforts.
Understanding Your Brain Health
The health of your brain is tied to your heart health. When you make diet, lifestyle and medication changes to improve your cardiovascular health, you are also helping prevent brain diseases including dementia, stroke, memory loss and other cognitive impairments.