Did you know that a stroke happens every 40 seconds? Or that every 4 minutes someone dies from a stroke? Surprisingly, many Oklahomans still know very little about strokes and what causes them. Creative Care Pharmacy is fully prepared to educate patients about stroke prevention and healthy living in general. With Oklahoma being one of the top states in terms of stroke rate, Creative Care is also prepared to help patients cope and heal after suffering from a stroke.
What is a Stroke?
Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. and one of the most preventable diseases we have. Lifestyle contributes largely to the causes of stoke with high blood pressure being the number one cause.
A stroke occurs when blood flow to an area of brain is cut off. When this happens, brain cells are deprived of oxygen and begin to die. When brain cells die during a stroke, abilities controlled by that area of the brain such as memory and muscle control are lost.
There are two types of stroke, hemorrhagic and ischemic. Hemorrhagic strokes are less common—only 15% of all strokes are hemorrhagic but they are responsible for about 40% of all stroke deaths.
A hemorrhagic stroke is either a brain aneurism burst or a weakened blood vessel leak. Blood spills into or around the brain and creates swelling and pressure, damaging cells and tissue in the brain. There are two types of hemorrhagic stroke called intracerebral and subarachnoid.
Ischemic stroke-A blood vessel carrying blood to the brain is blocked by a blood clot (ischemic) is one type of stroke. High blood pressure is the most important risk factor for this type of stroke. Ischemic strokes account for about 87% of all strokes.
There is also something called a transient ischemic attack (TIA), which is sometimes called a partial stroke. A TIA occurs when blood flow to part of the brain stops for a short period of time. These appear and last less than 24 hours before disappearing.
Signs and Symptoms of a Stroke
(Note the time of the first symptom—this information is important and can affect treatment decisions.)
- Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking, or understanding
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause
*Call 911 immediately if you observe any of these symptoms
Another way to remember when to seek medical attention is by using the “FAST” method:
F-ace: ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop.
A-rms: ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward
S-peech: ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
T-ime: if you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately
How can Creative Care Pharmacy help you?
Creative Care Pharmacy employs caring and knowledgeable staff that is ready to help you improve your health and well-being. Creative Care is conveniently located near Edmond, Oklahoma, a thriving community that is located just north of Oklahoma City. Phong, one of the pharmacists at Creative Care Pharmacy, has had special training in many areas with stroke being one of them. He will gladly answer any questions you may have and help you get on the right track to lowering your stroke risk.
Here are some ways to lower your risk of having a stroke:
- Lower Blood Pressure: having high blood pressure can triple your risk of having a stroke. It is the biggest contributor to the risk of stroke as well as heart attack. Decrease your sodium intake and try to avoid foods high in cholesterol such as cheeseburgers and ice cream. Come to Creative Care Pharmacy to have your blood pressure checked for free!
- Lose Weight: Obesity is also directly linked to strokes. If you’re overweight, losing as little as 10 pounds can significantly reduce your risk of having a stroke. Read your food labels and keep a food journal to help you track your caloric intake.
- Exercise More: doing as little as 20 minutes of activity a day can decrease your chance of having a stroke. Edmond has several parks and recreational areas for you and your family. Make your exercise time a fun one by doing things you enjoy!
- Quit Smoking: Smoking increases clot formation by thickening your blood and increasing the amount of plaque in your arteries. This is one of the most powerful lifestyle changes that will better your overall health!
Let Creative Care Pharmacy help you today!
Stop by our location near Edmond, Oklahoma to talk about how you can lower your stroke risk. We offer educational classes, vitamins and supplements, and exercise plans to help you get on the right track to better health and lower that risk. Stroke is in large part a preventable disease—reduce your chance today!