Seek medical attention right away if you or a loved one has signs of a stroke. Timely care improves outcomes and saves lives!
Follow the BE FAST guidelines to help identify stroke symptoms:
Balance – Sudden loss of balance or coordination
Eyes – Trouble seeing, sudden blurred or double vision
Face – Drooping face or numbness
Arm – Weakness or numbness of the arms or legs on one side of the body
Speech – Slurred speech or difficulty speaking
Time – Any symptoms mean it’s time to call 911
CALL 911 RIGHT AWAY
Emergency medical technicians can begin lifesaving stroke treatment in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. They’ll alert emergency room (ER) staff that you’re on the way, so doctors and nurses will be ready to respond as soon as you arrive.
What’s a Stroke?
A stroke happens when blood stops flowing to the brain because an artery:
- Becomes blocked by a clot (ischemic stroke)
- Bursts or ruptures (hemorrhagic stroke)
Risk Factors for Stroke
Several risk factors can increase an individual's likelihood of experiencing a stroke. These risk factors can be categorized into two main types: Controllable and Uncontrollable risk factors.
Controllable risk factors can be controlled or modified through lifestyle changes or medical interventions. These risk factors include:
- High blood pressure (hypertension):
- High cholesterol levels
- Unhealthy diet
- Physical inactivity
- Excessive alcohol consumption
Uncontrollable Risk Factors: Non-modifiable risk factors cannot be changed or controlled. These risk factors include:
- Strokes can occur at any age, but the risk doubles every decade from age 55
- Women have more strokes than men
- Family history
- African Americans have a higher risk of stroke
- A previous stroke
Although having risk factors doesn't guarantee a stroke, managing them is crucial to reducing the risk and promoting brain health. Regular check-ups, lifestyle changes, medication management, and healthy habits can all help prevent strokes and promote overall health.
Find a Primary Care Physician
Trustworthy primary care is crucial, and our Family Medicine clinics provide comprehensive medical care to Northeast Texas residents. With skilled physicians dedicated to building lasting relationships, our clinics offer routine check-ups, preventative care, chronic disease management, and minor procedures. Explore our locations to find a provider who meets your needs.