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Stroke risk, prevention focus of
Stop by Health 1st’s Wellness Wednesday
table in the Children’s Hospital lobby between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. July
30 to receive a risk assessment card on stroke and
prevention. Blood pressure checks also will be provided.
Care & Emergency Services/Stroke Program
Stroke remains the third leading cause of death and the major cause of
disability in the United States. Stroke can impair or completely limit
your ability to talk, think, remember, walk and even breathe. It is
estimated that in 2008, Americans will pay close to $65 billion in
stroke-related medical and disability costs. The impact of stroke can
be devastating for both patient and caregivers.
Know the signs and symptoms
- Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm, or leg
—especially one side of the body
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking and/or understanding
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of
If you see someone with signs and symptoms of stroke —act FAST( F =
Face—Does one side of the face droop?; A = Arm—Does one arm drift
downward?; S = Speech—Are the words slurred? Can he/she repeat a
sentence clearly?; T = Time—Time is crucial. Call 911 immediately.)
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause
Are you at risk for stroke?
(Add up risks and talk with your doctor)
- Is your blood pressure above 120/80?
- Do you have high cholesterol?
- Do you have atrial fibrillation? (irregular or racing heart
- Do you smoke, eat unhealthy, or exercise infrequently?
- Do you drink more than two alcoholic drinks a day?
Strokes are preventable
- Do you have circulation problems?
A recent national poll reported that less than 30 percent of patients
talked to their doctor about stroke during their annual exam.
- High blood pressure is the leading cause of stroke. If your
blood pressure is consistently above 120/80 (pre-hypertension) your
doctor should monitor your blood pressure frequently.
- Know your cholesterol. Your combined LDL and HDL should be
- If you have atrial fibrillation, work with your doctor.
- Exercise 30 minutes daily and eat a low salt, low fat diet.
MUSC has demonstrated its commitment to stroke prevention and treatment
by becoming a certified primary stroke center with comprehensive stroke
care. Its mission is to provide standardized and evidenced-based care
to all stroke patients. MUSC offers top quality care and a variety of
treatment options including innovative stroke trials and
neuro-interventional procedures unavailable elsewhere in the state.
Follow-up, recovery and rehabilitation programs are also available.
- If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation.
Editor's note: The preceding
column was brought to you on behalf of Health 1st. Striving to bring
various topics and representing numerous employee wellness
organizations and committees on campus, this weekly column seeks to
provide MUSC, MUHA and UMA employees with current and helpful
information concerning all aspects of health.
Friday, July 25, 2008
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