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Brain Attack

I wanted to follow up on a lecture I recently gave in conjunction with BJC and the YMCA about Preventing and Treating Strokes. Perhaps this tidbit of information will be useful to you or someone you know.

I learned much about strokes:  A stroke is a brain attack not a heart attack.  A stroke can happen to anyone.  A stroke can be treated.

Strokes can be prevented through the same lifestyle behaviors we as fitness professionals encourage:  limit alcohol consumption, don’t smoke, exercise 30 minutes a day, eat a healthy diet high in fruits and vegetables and low in bad, saturated fats, and maintain a healthy weight.

Stroke symptoms can be sudden numbness in the face, arm or leg; sudden trouble walking, dizziness, or loss of balance; sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding, seeing out of one or both eyes; or sudden severe headache with no know cause.  The key word here is “sudden”.

What should you do?  Get medical attention or call 911 immediately.   Do not wait – every second counts.


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