TStrokes can cause long-term health problems and death.  The good news is that strokes can be prevented by understanding the risk factors (which are similar to heart disease) like high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity, and tobacco.  To find out more about your risk for a stroke, you can talk with your physician and participate in Stroke Check this May, which is American Stroke Month.

Stroke Check is The American Stroke Association’s Arizona-founded program to encourage physicians, hospitals, and community service groups to utilize stroke risk assessment tools to perform free stroke screenings and increase awareness of stroke. The Stroke Check Program is free and you can find a screening program.

Quick pre-hospital and hospital interventions are critical once a stroke happens.  Remembering the acronym F.A.S.T can teach you the signs of stroke. F.A.S.T. stands for Face Drooping where one side of the face droops or it is numb; Arm Weakness where one arm is weak or numb; Speech Difficulty, when speech is slurred, the person is unable to speak or hard to understand; and finally Time to call 9-1-1. If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get the person to the hospital straight-away.

For more resources you can visit our Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program.