May Is Stroke Awareness Month
Stroke is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S., yet 80% of deaths from stroke can be prevented. Seconds, minutes and hours make all the difference in recovery. As one of the first comprehensive stroke centers in the nation, The University of Kansas Hospital is the foremost choice for stroke care.
Are you at risk for stroke?
The clock is ticking
Know the signs of stroke and remember to act FAST:
- Face – Does one side of the face droop?
- Arms – Does one arm drift down when raised?
- Speech – Is the speech slurred?
- Time – Call 911 immediately.
Know and manage your blood pressure – High blood pressure is the main cause of stroke. With high blood pressure, you have one-and-a-half times the risk of having a stroke. Check your blood pressure regularly.
- Optimal level is 120/80.
- Work with your doctor to help manage and lower your numbers.
Maintain healthy cholesterol levels – Cholesterol is one of the main risk factors of stroke that you can control through diet, exercise and conversations with your doctor.
- Total cholesterol <200 mg/dl
- LDL <100 mg/dl
- HDL (good cholesterol) >50 mg/dl for women, or >40 mg/dl for men
Eat healthy – Reserve half your plate for fruits and vegetables and a fourth for healthy proteins like fish, poultry and beans. Limit daily sodium intake to 1,500 mg.
Exercise – Keep active to decrease your risk of stroke. Just 30 minutes of light-to-moderate activity five times a week helps prevent heart disease and stroke.
Find out if you're at risk for stroke by taking this brief quiz.