Did you know May is stroke awareness month? Well now you do!
Do you know what a stroke is?
The American Stroke Association defines a stroke "a disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain." A stroke is caused by a blockage in the blood vessels that leads to the brain, resulting in brain cells being depleted of the blood and oxygen they need to function. The blockage can be caused by a clot or by a ruptured blood vessel. There are several different types of strokes of varying causes and impacts, but they all should be taken seriously.
Do you know the signs of a stroke?
Sudden numbness or loss of strength in the arm, face or leg (usually on just one side of the body).
Difficulty in speaking even the most common words.
Confusion or difficulty understanding what someone is saying.
Dizziness and/or lack of balance and coordination.
Headache that has no known cause and cannot be explained.
Difficulty with sight
Do you know what the BE FAST acronym is?
F-Drooping of the Face
A-Inability to hold the Arm up without it drifting
S-Slurring of Speech
Did you know according to US Dept of Health & Human Services Office of Minority Health American Indians/Alaska Natives are TWICE as likely to have a stroke as their white adult counterparts. Did you know American Indians/Alaska Native adults are 30% more likely than white adults to have high blood pressure. There are several risk factors that can cause a stroke.
1. Obesity & overweight-American Indian/Alaska Native adolescents are 30 percent more likely than non-Hispanic whites to be obese. American Indian or Alaska Native adults are 50 percent more likely to be obese than non-Hispanic Whites.
2. Hypertension-American Indians/Alaska Natives, on average, are more likely to be diagnosed with heart disease than their white counterparts. In addition, American Indians/Alaska Native adults are more likely to be obese than white adults, more likely to have high blood pressure, and they are more likely to be current cigarette smokers than white adults - all risk factors for heart disease. American Indian/Alaska Native men are 20 percent more likely than white men to be current cigarette smokers.American Indian/Alaska Native adults are 30 percent more likely than white adults to have high blood pressure
3. High cholesterol-Know your numbers.High levels of cholesterol can cause fatty plaques to build up and create blockages in the blood vessels
4. Cigarette smoking-nicotine and carbon monoxide intake associated with smoking can damage the cardiovascular system. It also accelerates clot formation, as it thickens the blood and plaque buildup in the arteries. If you are a smoker, take steps to kick the habit.
5. Diabetes-American Indians/Alaska Natives are more than twice as likely to be told by a physician that they have diabetes as their non-Hispanic white counterparts. They also are almost twice as likely to die from diabetes as non-Hispanic whites. Data is limited for this population. American Indian/Alaska Native adults are 2.4 times as likely as white adults to be diagnosed with diabetes. American Indians/Alaska Native women were twice as likely to die from diabetes as non-Hispanic white women in 2013. In 2010, American Indians/Native Americans were 2.7 times more likely to be diagnosed with end stage renal disease than non-Hispanic whites.
My maternal grandma suffered a massive stroke in 2002 & didn't make it. My significant other suffered from a stroke March 2019 and is currently still dealing with the side effects from that It's been a long few months but I see him making improvements everyday. If you suspect someone is having a stroke go ahead & call 911 or get them to the ER. I didn't and I regret it every single day. I was only trying to respect his wishes, his symptoms at first were very minimal. I just urge others to know your numbers & risk factors. Don't put off going to the Dr. because you don't want to hear bad news or afraid of what they'll say. Take care of yourself & your body. You never know what you may prevent! #NationalStrokeAwarenessMonth
Picture of my grandma
Picture of my S.O