Know Stroke symptoms – Stroke strikes F.A.S.T. and you should, too! Many people don’t know that if you can recognize the symptoms of a stroke you can save not only your life, but maybe the life of someone else.
Control Blood Pressure – high blood pressure is the number one cause of stroke? Yet, nearly 60 million Americans have high blood pressure, and almost a third do not know they have it!
Manage Cholesterol – Plaque build-up in the arteries can block normal blood flow to the brain and cause a stroke. High cholesterol may also increase your risk for stroke by raising your risk for heart disease, a stroke risk factor.
Manage Diabetes – Did you know that 6.2 million people in the United States and Canada are unaware that they have diabetes? People with diabetes are at increased risk of stroke because diabetes adversely affects the arteries. Stroke risk is two-and-a-half times higher in people with diabetes compared to those without diabetes.
Make Lifestyle Changes – Stroke is one of the most preventable of all life-threatening health problems. By making simple lifestyle changes you can reduce your risk of stroke.
- Get moving, stay active and incorporate exercise into your daily regime.
- Don’t smoke! If you are a regular smoker, make a resolution to quit. It may be one of the very best things you can do for your health.
- Eat a well-balanced low fat, low sodium diet, rich in fruits, vegetables & whole grains.
Drink alcohol only in moderation.
Be a SAFETY Leader!