What is a stroke?

Stroke happens when a blood clot or rupture interrupts blood flow to the brain. Without oxygen-rich blood, the brain cells die.

Blood Pressure and Stroke

Normal blood pressure is below 120/80. Most people who have a stroke have high blood pressure.

Having your blood pressure checked and keeping it in normal range will reduce your risk of stroke. High blood pressure has no symptoms; checking it is the only way to find out. Your healthcare provider can recommend ways to lower your blood pressure, including exercise and maintaining a healthy weight.

F.A.S.T is how we come together to end stroke

Stroke can happen anywhere or anytime, so learning the stroke warning signs can make a difference in a person’s full recovery.

Warning signs of stroke:

F- Face Drooping

A- Arm weakness

S- Speech Difficulty

T- Time to call 9-1-1

Risk factors for stroke:

  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Smoking
  • Diet high in saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Physical inactivity
  • Heart disease

Take a look at our February blog for more information on lowering blood pressure.

Thanks, AHA  for this important information.