Stroke Awareness Month

FAMILY MATTERS - Dr. Lisa Yanase, Providence Stroke Neurologist

90% of Americans do not recognize the signs of stroke, the number three cause of death in the U.S.
A person’s life can be saved if those around them recognize the signs and act FAST.
 
Signs of stroke
F – FACE: Does one side of face droop?
A – ARMS: drooping arm/arms?
S – SPEECH: slurred words?
T – TIME: call 9-1-1
 
Then go into risk factors that can be controlled…
Stroke risk factors that can be controlled:
•         High blood pressure
•         Smoking
•         Over weight
•         High cholesterol
•         Diabetes

 At the Streaks for Stroke event at Clackamas Town Center … people can get a free red streak in their hair and also get screened for high blood pressure – a leading cause of stroke. The nurses there will have tips for people who have high blood pressure- ways to lower it, etc. and also information on the other risk factors.
 
Streaks for Stroke
Saturday, May 11
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Clackamas Town Center
Lower level – east end

•         Stroke is the nation’s #4 killer and the leading cause of long term disability.
•         Each year, nearly 800,000 Americans have a stroke.
•         On average, someone has a stroke every 40 seconds.
•         Every four minutes, someone in the U.S. dies from a stroke.
•         Women are more likely than men to have a stroke.
•         Physical activity can cut your risk of stroke by 35%.
•         People with normal blood pressure (below 120/80) have half the risk of having a stroke – compared with people with high blood pressure.
•         90% of Americans do not recognize the signs of stroke – but a person’s life can be saved if those around them recognize the signs and act FAST.

 
 

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