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  • Stroke is one of the leading causes in the US. Each year 795,000 people in the US have a stroke.
  • This disease can have a drastic consequence on the person and their family. For example, feelings include confusion, shock, helplessness and grief.
  • you cannot control some risk factors, such as age, gender, race and ethnicity.
  • 610,000 are first cases and 185,000 of them will have another stroke in 5 years. Some symptoms include numbness, in the face, arm, leg, or one side of the body, abrupt vision loss, loss of balance and rapid loss of consciousness
  • You can protect yourself by exercising, not smoking, and keeping your blood pressure around 120/80.
  • Role changes may include such as children taking care of their parents. They may have to give up certain activities to tend to the stroke survivor. The victim may also have behavioral changes as well
  • Exercising and keeping a healthy diet is very important when protecting yourself from a stroke
  • You may be surprised if you hear that ethnicity is an uncontrollable factor. But African Americans have twice the risk of stroke, partially because of they are more affected by high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity.
  • So if you don't a stroke, don't take that toke.
  • Transient ischemic attacks or TIA's are mini strokes. They are basically stroke like symptoms but have no lasting damage. They are a huge sign of a future stroke.
  • Eating a diet low in fat and salt and high in fruits and vegetables reduces the risk factors for another stroke like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, being overweight and diabetes.
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