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)
- Diet high in saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol
- Physical inactivity
- Heart disease
Take a look at our February blog for more information on lowering blood pressure.
Thanks, AHA for this important information.