There are nearly 750,000 Canadians living with the effects of a stroke today and that number is nearly divided equally among men and women. Anyone could be at risk of having a stroke. Today is World Stroke Day and that means being aware of what the risks are that increase your chances of having one and what to do if someone has one.
First the risk factors:
- High Blood Pressure (this is the strongest risk for having a stroke)
- High blood Cholesterol
- Afib (atrial fibrillation)
All of those are contributing factors to your chances of having a stroke. Working to combat those factors means watching your blood pressure, having a healthy diet, being physically active, and of course not smoking.
But should the worst happen and someone you know suffer a stroke it is important to know how to recognize and respond. That means acting F.A.S.T.
— Public Health PHAC (@PHAC_GC) October 29, 2017
As the Public Health Agency of Canada tweeted out this morning F.A.S.T. is a way to spot a stroke and how to react.
If the persons face looks droopy, they cannot raise both of their arms, and their speech becomes slurred or jumbled then it is time to call 911 immediately. The sooner you act the better chance there is to help.
If you want more go to the Public Health Agency of Canada website here.
Image from PHAC twitter.