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I hope that you found the May topic of Stroke Prevention helpful through either taking steps to lessen the risk for stroke or for knowing the stroke symptoms. Here are three key elements regarding stroke in what you can do for prevention and how to respond if stroke occurs in yourself or someone around you.

Prevention

  • 
Treat high blood pressure
  • Control diabetes
  • Stop smoking
  • Treat elevated cholesterol
  • 
Limit alcohol
  • 
Exercise
  • Risk of recurrent stroke
  • Medication compliance



Think Fast

Face

  • 
Facial droop
  • Uneven smile

Arms

  • Arm Numbness
  • 
Arm Weakness

Speech

  • Slurry Speech
  • Difficulty speaking or understanding

Time

  • Call 911 and get to the hospital immediately
  • Brain is Time. The quicker you get to the hospital the better your chances are

DASH Diet

The DASH Diet, Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension, can beneficially impact blood pressure which in turn lowers your risk for heart disease, stroke, and some types of cancer. The DASH Diet uses recipes that use very little salt, whole grains and interesting ways to incorporate fruits and vegetables. Click here for the DASH shopping list which will help you on your trip to the grocery store.

Our next topic will be the Importance of Adolescent Heart Screening. If you have a young athlete in your life, this is the seminar for you! Join me at the St. David’s Round Rock Health & Wellness Center Thursday, June 14 from 6-7:30 pm to learn the importance of adolescent heart screening and how you can protect your child. Register by calling ( 512) 478-3627 or (888) 868-2104. I look forward to seeing you there!

Hope to see you there!

Holly Krivokapich

St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center

Health and Wellness Coordinator

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