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Understanding Stroke: Recognizing the Signs and the Link to Hypertension

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Stroke is a leading cause of disability and death worldwide, and recognizing the signs early can save lives. The American Heart Association emphasizes the importance of knowing the warning signs of a stroke and taking immediate action.

Recognizing the Signs of Stroke

The AHA recommends remembering the acronym F.A.S.T. to quickly recognize and respond to the signs of a stroke:

  • Face Drooping: One side of the face may droop or feel numb. When asked to smile, the person’s smile might appear uneven.
  • Arm Weakness: One arm may feel weak or numb. When asked to raise both arms, one arm may drift downward.
  • Speech Difficulty: Speech may be slurred or difficult to understand. When asked to repeat a simple sentence, the person may struggle to speak clearly.
  • Time to call 911: If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if they go away, call emergency services immediately and note the time when the symptoms first appeared.

Other symptoms may include sudden numbness, confusion, trouble seeing, difficulty walking, dizziness, or a severe headache with no known cause.

The Link to Hypertension

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a significant risk factor for stroke. It can cause damage to the arteries, making them more susceptible to blockages or bursts, leading to ischemic or hemorrhagic strokes. Managing blood pressure is crucial in reducing the risk of stroke.

Prevention and Management

Preventing stroke involves managing risk factors like hypertension. This includes:

  1. maintaining a healthy diet
  2. regular exercise
  3. quitting smoking,
  4. regular health check-ups to monitor blood pressure levels.

Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) Solutions by ProactiveWellness for Hypertension

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