Cerebrovascular Disease (Stroke)
Number Five Leading Cause of Death for Men in Alabama
The term stroke is commonly used to describe a sudden problem with the brain, usually related to the blood supply the brain is receiving. While many risk factors (cholesterol, smoking, diabetes) have been identified for increasing a person's risk for stroke, hypertension is the greatest. Some stroke risk factors, such as family history, cannot be controlled, but others can be. Regular exercise, diet and smoking cessation can benefit both mental and physical health and reduce the risk of stroke.
Your ability to recognize a stroke and act F.A.S.T. can make all the difference.
- F = Facial Weakness- Can the person smile? Has his or her mouth or eyes drooped?
- A = Arm Weakness- Can the person raise both arms? Is one arm slightly lower than the other?
- S = Speech/Sight Difficulty- Can the person speak or see clearly and understand what you say?
- T = Time to Act- Time loss is brain lost. Call 9-1-1.
Learn more from the Cardiovascular Health (CVH) Program.