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.