- Stroke is the leading cause of disability and the 3rd leading
cause of death in the US.
- 85% of strokes could be prevented just by controlling the
The 3 Rs of Stroke: Reduce Risk, Recognize Symptoms and
Reduce Risk: Prevent stroke before it happens!
Manage Blood Pressure. Keep it under 120/80.
High blood pressure damages the inside of your blood vessels
and is the leading risk factor for stroke
Do NOT Smoke! Smoking doubles your risk for
Control your cholesterol. If you don't know
your number, ask your physician about getting it checked.
Get some exercise every day. Weight, diet, and
exercise are all important. Exercise is important even if
you're not overweight.
Control your blood sugar. If you have
diabetes, work with your doctor to have a plan that works for
you. Letting your blood sugar get high damages your blood
Avoid illegal drugs - especially
methamphetamines and cocaine
- If you have atrial fibrillation, work with your doctor to
manage your heart rhythm or to prevent blood clots from forming
Get regular health check-ups. Talk with your
doctor about your stroke risk.
Eat a healthy diet. Be sure to eat plenty of
fruits, vegetables, and high fiber foods such as beans and
- If your doctor has asked you to take aspirin or other
medication to reduce your risk of stroke and heart attack, don't
quit taking the medication on your own.
If you are having medication side effects, speak with your
doctor about a possible alternative.
Common stroke symptoms include:
- Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm, or leg, especially
on one side of the body
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause
- If you or someone else is having any of these symptoms, CALL
- People who arrive in the Emergency Room with stroke symptoms
by ambulance get treated more quickly.
- If you are having a stroke, emergency medical treatment could
save your life and greatly improve your chances for successful
recovery. The sooner treatment is started, the more likely it
will be effective.
- Even if your symptoms go away, you need urgent medical
attention. Transient ischemic (issKEEmik) attack (TIA) or
mini-stroke may be a powerful warning that a full stroke may soon
follow. Many of these strokes happen within hours or days after
During a typical stroke, about 2 million brain cells per
minute may die. It is important to get treatment as quickly as
possible. Every minute counts. TIME IS BRAIN.
If you have had a stroke then there is a fourth R -
- There is a myth that rehab is something that only happens for
a limited time after a stroke, then the deficits that you have
will always be there. More recent research has shown that you can
continue to improve your life and ability to function as long as
you keep working at it.
- Ask one of our rehab professionals for a therapeutic exercise
routine that you can do at home when your official therapy is