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"Stroke" another silent enemy

So the word for today is "FAST" . . . Why???

Because with a "stroke" . . . we must be "quick" to respond.

We must look for the signs of . . .

F - face drooping

A - arm weakness

S - speech difficulty

T - time to call 911 because this could save a life!

So what do we "need" to know???

Well . . . a stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is interrupted or reduced, which prevents the brain tissue from getting enough oxygen and/or nutrients.

Did you know that without ample oxygen . . . brain cells begin to die in just a "few minutes"???

So what can cause a "stroke???

Well . . . one of the biggest offenders is . . . High blood pressure in people with diabetes.

You see . . . a "stroke" occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or ruptures. And when this happens . . . part of the brain can't get the oxygen it needs . . . therefore brain cells start to die.

Okay , . , so what are the signs we need to look for???