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Stroke Awareness Month: Knowing risk factors and how to prevent them

2:11 PM, May 4, 2010   |    comments
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Dr. Irene Katzan, a Cleveland Clinic stroke specialist, stopped by Channel 3 Tuesday to tell us about stroke warning signs and how they can be prevented.

Healthy diet, exercise, monitoring blood pressure and not smoking are essential to help eliminate strokes.

If you experience any of the following, it's important to call 911 and get medical attention as soon as possible:

  • Sudden loss of speech
  • Slurred Speech
  • Blurry or Double Vision
  • Sudden Paralysis
  • Sudden Weakness
  • Sudden Dizziness

There are several risk factors that may contribute to having a stroke such as:

  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • Heart Disease
  • Excess weight, which can lead to heart disease and high cholesterol
  • Heavy Drinking
  • Smoking

For more information on Stroke Awareness Month visit: http://my.clevelandclinic.org/campaigns/stroke-awareness.aspx

 

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