DOH-Lake Observes National Stroke Awareness Month

EUSTIS – The Florida Department of Health in Lake County (DOH-Lake) recognizes National Stroke Awareness Month, an observance that highlights the importance of knowing the risk factors and symptoms of stroke.

Nationally, stroke is a leading cause of death. Recognizing a stroke quickly can be lifesaving, as fast treatment can lessen the brain damage that can occur. Quick treatment increases the chance for survival.

Spot a Stroke F.A.S.T. and Call 9-1-1

  • Face – If one side of the face droops, it’s a sign of a possible stroke.
  • Arms – If the person cannot raise both arms out, it’s another possible stroke sign.
  • Speech – Slurring words and poor understanding of simple sentences can also serve as a stroke sign.
  • Time – If you see any of these signs, it’s time to call 9-1-1 immediately!

Stroke Risk Factors

  • High blood pressure.
  • Excessive alcohol use.
  • Not being physically active.
  • Diabetes.
  • High cholesterol.
  • Smoking.
  • Heart disease.

Tips to Lower Risk

  • Consuming a healthy diet.
  • Maintaining a healthy weight.
  • Being physically active and exercising regularly.
  • Not smoking.
  • Limiting alcohol consumption.