It’s always a good time to learn how to prevent stroke. May is National Stroke Awareness Month, and Sunrise Hospital aims to spread the word about this preventable condition. Though stroke is among the leading causes of death in the United States, it doesn’t have to be. One of the major reasons why it continues to affect so many people is because many people don’t have accurate information about stroke and stroke care. We’ll address some of the common misconceptions below.
Young People Don’t Get Strokes
Stroke is caused by a blockage or rupture of blood vessels that prevents blood flow to the brain or causes trauma to it. Though age is a contributing factor in determining the risk of stroke, this condition can happen at any age. Stroke is usually associated with unhealthy lifestyle habits and weight issues that people of all ages may experience.
You Can’t Detect Stroke
Many people assume that when stroke occurs, there is very little can be done to prevent brain damage or death. However, this is far from the truth. Acting quickly can help mitigate some of the effects of stroke, and can save the victim’s life. Stroke often shows multiple warning signs that indicate the need for immediate emergency care. Some of the more prevalent symptoms of stroke include slurred speech, a drooping smile, and a limp arm or leg. If you or a loved suddenly experiences any of these circumstances, call 911 or contact your nearest emergency care medical center as soon as possible.
You Can’t Stop Stroke
Many major risk factors of stroke, including obesity, smoking, and sedentary behaviors are all changeable. You really do have the power to reduce your risk. Quitting smoking, eating healthy and exercising regularly can all contribute to lowering your stroke risk. If you’re uncertain as to how to get started, contact us at Sunrise Hospital today.
To find out more about stroke prevention, call Sunrise Hospital at (702) 727-1567. Las Vegas area patients can also take advantage of our H2U program, which encourages preventative care to decrease the dangers of conditions such as stroke and heart disease.