Stroke: Know the Risks and Reduce Your Chance of Having a Stroke
May 5, 2016•9 min
Many people consider strokes to be a problem faced only by the elderly, but more than one out of four stroke victims are under the age of 65.Healthy lifestyle changes can help lower your risk for both stroke and coronary artery disease. For example, quitting smoking, staying physically active and maintaining a healthy weight all can help lower your risk. If your blood pressure or cholesterol is high, it is important to talk to your doctor about how to reduce it. You should also work with your doctor to manage chronic medical conditions like diabetes.FACE is the moniker used by professionals to help you recognize symptoms of stroke so that you or a loved one can get help fast!Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop? photo of smiling manA stands for arms ARMS: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward? photo of raised armS stands for speech SPEECH: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange? photo of a woman speakingT stands for time TIME: If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.J. Scott Cline MD., Neurologist with Hendricks Regional Health, is here to help you understand the risk factors and reduce your chance of having a stroke.