Stroke Awareness | National Stroke Awareness Month | May 10, 2014 MMH Stroke Walk 2014 | Best Home Health Midland TX

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Stroke Awareness | National Stroke Awareness Month | MMH Stroke Walk 2014 | Best Home Health Midland TX

Just a reminder about Midland Memorial Hospital’s 2nd Annual Stroke Walk taking place THIS Saturday, May 10th, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. It is a come and go event, so bring the family, invite some friends, walk around the park with many others striving to spread awareness and leave when you are ready. There is no entry fee and registration will be at the event. We hope to see you there!

DATE: Saturday, May 11th, 2014 
LOCATION: Wadley Barron Park (Duck Pond), 1001 N. A Street, Midland, TX 79701 
TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (come and go)   

 

HOC is on a mission to bring awareness to the signs and symptoms of stroke!

Although stroke can happen to anyone, certain risk factors can increase chances of a stroke.  It is important to manage personal risk and know how to recognize and respond to stroke signs and symptoms.

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Here are some tips from our friends at the National Stroke Association on ways to prevent, or lower your risk, of stroke

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Know blood pressure (hypertension) 

High blood pressure is a major stroke risk factor if left untreated. Check your blood pressure: use the doctor’s office, health fairs or buy a small machine at your local, pharmacy.

Identify atrial fibrillation (Afib) 

Afib is an abnormal heartbeat that can increase stroke risk by 500%. Afib can cause blood to pool in the heart and may form a clot and cause a stroke.

Stop smoking  

Smoking doubles the risk of stroke. It damages blood vessel walls, speeds up artery clogging, raises blood pressure and makes the heart work harder.

Control alcohol use  

Alcohol use has been linked to stroke in many studies. Most doctors recommend not drinking or drinking only in moderation – no more than two drinks each day.

Know cholesterol levels  

Cholesterol is a fatty substance in blood that is made by the body. It also comes in food. High cholesterol levels can clog arteries and cause a stroke.

Control diabetes

Many people with diabetes have health problems that are also stroke risk factors. A doctor and dietician can help manage diabetes.

Manage exercise/diet 

Excess weight strains the circulatory system. Exercise five times a week. Maintain a diet low in calories, salt, saturated and trans fats and cholesterol. Eat five servings of fruits and vegetables daily.

Treat circulation problems  

Fatty deposits can block arteries carrying blood to the brain and lead to a stroke. Other problems such as sickle cell disease or severe anemia should be treated.

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