Key Risk Factors for Stroke:
above 50 years of age
hypertension or high blood pressure
high blood cholesterol
Key Warning Signals:
temporary weakness or numbness of the face, arm or leg
temporary difficulty or loss of speech
sudden, temporary loss of vision in one eye temporary double vision;
temporary change in personality or mental ability.
For any of the above warning signals of stroke, contact a physician at once.
To Help Prevent Stroke:
Control high blood pressure by regular monitoring, and if you are on medication, be sure to take it regularly
Eat healthy (Health Power Tip Sheets No. 1 and 2 have very helpful information)
Control diabetes if you have it
Don’t smoke – Want to Quit Smoking? View Health Power’s Smoking Tip Sheet
For more information you can contact the American Stroke Association, Tel. (888) 478-7653. Their web site can be visited directly from our Relevant Resources section.