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Earlier in the month we discussed some of the most common instigators of anger, which escalates heart rate, breathing, arterial tension and cortisol levels, increasing chances for an episode of stroke in your life. Stroke is classified as a brain disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. It occurs when a blood vessel carrying oxygen and nutrients to the brain is blocked by a clot, or bursts. When this occurs, part of the brain cannot get the blood and/or oxygen necessary and begins to die. While many know what a stroke is, the symptoms are not always as obvious. See below for the five warning signs of a stroke so you are educated in the future if yourself or someone shows the signs.

  • Sudden numbness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause

Click here to take the stroke risk scorecard and see if you are at risk, then join us for the Stroke Awareness Seminar which will be held at the St. David’s Health and Wellness Center at the Chasco Family YMCA on May 10th from 6:00- 7:30 p.m. A physician from St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center will lead the seminar and we will be conducting FREE Stroke screenings, blood pressure and blood sugar checks. Please join us by registering at 512.478.3627 or 1.888.868.2104.

Holly Krivokapich
Health and Wellness Coordinator
St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center

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