Today, Oct. 29, is World Stroke Day. As part of its awareness campaign, the American Stroke Association is reminding people that they can and should be aware of how to identify stroke, and they’ve offered an acronym to help. All you need to learn is the word “FAST”:
Being able to identify stroke is critical. But preventing stroke is even better. There are many factors that increase your risk of stroke, including smoking, high blood pressure, medications and more. Being familiar with those risk factors is very important.
Beyond that, though, adding these 4 things to your life can help to reduce your risk of stroke:
- Exercise a little each day. A review recently published in the British Medical Journal found that 57 randomized trials demonstrated that an exercise program was an effective way to prevent stroke. Introducing a daily walk or swim into your day could make a big difference.
- Start a DIY project. Do-it-yourself projects such as gardening, painting, wood-working and other around-the-house activities may decrease your risk of stroke, according to a Swedish study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. The study found that a generally active lifestyle, regardless of regular regimented exercise, is associated with cardiovascular health.
- Drink wine and eat cheese. One alcoholic drink per day can lower the risk of stroke. Also, a Swedish research team found a 12% reduction in stroke risk in people who had low-fat dairy in their diets. So as long as the cheese is low-fat, go ahead and enjoy. Read more here.
- Laugh. Stress is a killer — literally. And according to the Mayo Clinic, laughter is one of the best ways to relieve both emotional and physical stress. Laughter helps to lessen anxiety, and it soothes physical tension by stimulating circulation and aiding muscle relaxation.
Not All Strokes Look the Same
Early medical intervention is vital when stroke occurs. The acronym FAST is a handy way to remember the most common signs of stroke, but they aren’t the only signs. Other common ones include:
- Severe headache
- Sudden confusion
- Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
There are also less common symptoms of stroke to watch for, especially in women:
- Sudden nausea and vomiting
- Pain on one side of the body
- Sudden extreme exhaustion
Misdiagnosis of Stroke
Sometimes, especially in women and young people, stroke is misdiagnosed. When this happens, the victim is deprived of potentially life-saving treatment. This may occur due to the negligence of doctors or other hospital staff.
If you or a loved one was injured, or if you lost a loved one, due to the misdiagnosis of a stroke or another serious medical condition, please contact us at the Perey Law Group immediately. You may be eligible for compensation. We provide a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our experienced attorneys to discuss your legal options.