HEALTH WITH DR. PAULA: Stroke Awareness Month

HEALTH WITH DR. PAULA: Stroke Awareness Month

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - May is Stroke Awareness Month and Dr. Paula Walker-King dropped by News Leader 9 to share how you can help reduce your risks of stroke.

Dr. Paula says that more than eighty percent of strokes are preventable as they are mostly lifestyle based, coming as a result of high cholesterol, high blood pressure and a history of heart disease.

Most new cases of strokes occur in southeastern states, where the typical diet tends to consist of more foods high in fat.

With strokes, time is of the essence. To identify if someone is experiencing a stroke, you can use the acronym FACE.

Face drooping

  • Is one side of the person’s face drooping?

Arm weakness

  • Can the person raise both arms?

Slurred speech

  • Are you having a difficult time understanding the person?

Time

  • If they are exhibiting these symptoms, you need to call 911 immediately because time is the most important.

Dr. Paula says that the right treatment given in a timely fashion can reduce the harm and disabilities that result from strokes.

Strokes are not preventable, but you can take measures to reduce your risk.

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