May is Stroke Awareness Month, and for good reason — many people have no idea the true extent of the havoc strokes wreak on American adults. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in twenty United States deaths can be attributed to stroke. Read on to learn the basics, including symptoms and common risk factors.
Who Is at Risk?
A variety of factors can increase your risk of suffering a stroke. Some are not within your control, such as:
The good news? Some risk factors can be addressed:
Common Signs of a Stroke
Prompt medical assistance is critical in the aftermath of a stroke — every minute counts. Quick identification is of paramount importance. Keep an eye out for the following symptoms:
When to Seek Medical Attention
Experts at the Mayo Clinic recommend using the FAST test to determine when medical attention is warranted in response to the stroke symptoms outlined above:
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