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Understanding risks, symptoms to prevent a stroke

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NATIONWIDE -- A stroke is a type of cardiovascular disease that affects the arteries withint the brain. It kills one person every four minutes in the United States.

In an effort to educate people about the signs, symptoms, and factors, May is Stroke Prevention Month.

Signs/Symptoms:
•Face drooping
•Arm weakness
•Speech difficulty

If someone is experiencing any of those signs, you should contact 911 immediately.

Risk Factors:
•High blood pressure
•Diabetes
•Weight/Diet
•Quit Smoking
•Family history
•Race
•Age
•Gender
•Previous stroke or heart attack

According to doctors, it's crucial to pay attention to the risk factors. But, it's also important to understand that anyone can suffer from a stroke.

"African Americans tend to have high incidences of stroke, people who are obese, heavy smokers, older people do tend to have a higher risk of stroke than younger people, but a stroke can happen to anybody," said Colleen Cameron, the cardiovascular manager at Lourdes Hospital.

Head to powertoendstroke.org to check out the information and tools made available the American Heart Association.

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