Stroke kills more than 140,000 people each ear in the United States and is the third leading cause of death. Strokes can and do happen to people of any age, and Florida Heart Group would like to remind everyone the condition is preventable with a few lifestyle changes.
Online PR News – 30-May-2012 – Orlando,FL – Each year, more than 795,000 Americans suffer a stroke and approximately 140,000 of them die. A stroke happens nearly every 40 seconds, and 600,000 of all strokes are first-time attacks.
To help Americans remember these facts, Florida Heart Group reminds everyone May is stroke awareness month. The Orlando doctors at Florida Heart Group remind people stroke causes a variety of damaging health effects in the lives of people it affects. The damage caused depends on where in the brain a stroke occurs. Strokes affecting the right hemisphere affect a person’s ability to control his or her left side, ability to perform analytical tasks, and ability to accurately perceive distance, size, speed, and position.
A stroke that attacks the left side of the brain affects movement on the right side of the body. It can completely paralyze the entire right side of the body. It can also affect a person’s communication, memory, and ability to learn new information.
If someone is affected by a stroke, the sooner they receive medical treatment, the better. Common signs of a stroke are easily remembered by memorizing the acronym “FAST”:
Face – If one side of a person’s smile droops when he or she smiles, a stroke may have occurred.
Arms – Ask a person suspected of suffering a stroke to extend both arms outward. If one does not remain at the same level as another, a stroke may have happened.
Speech – See if the suspected individual can repeat simple phrases. Slurred speech often indicates the presence of a stroke.
Time – If any of these signs are observed, 911 should be contacted immediately.
The Orlando heart doctors at Florida Heart Group advise prevention is the best method for dealing with stroke. Healthy steps taken for stroke prevention also benefit a person’s heart. Fortunately, the chances a person experiences a stroke can be reduced with a few simple lifestyle changes:
Maintaining healthy blood pressure levels
Drinking no more than two alcoholic drinks per day
Exercising five times per week
Eating a diet low in calories, salt, saturated and trans fat, and cholesterol
Anyone at any age can experience a stroke, so it is important for all Americans to follow these lifestyle habits. People who aren’t sure about the current state of their health should visit Florida Heart Group’s FL physicians today. Florida Heart Group’s cardiology physicians are available Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
ABOUT FLORIDA HEART GROUP: Since its founding in 1979, Florida Heart Group has grown into a local leader in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease and stroke. The practice has over 19 cardiologists and numerous Orlando cardiology specializations, including Interventional Cardiology, Women’s Heart Disease, Heart Failure, Arrhythmia, Adult Congenital Heart Disease, and Diagnostic Imaging. The practice also includes the Vein Center. Florida Heart Group can be followed on Facebook, Twitter, and on their heart blog.