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Health, Heart Health
May 01, 2017

Stroke and hypertension awareness month

According to the Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Center, South Carolina is in the “Stroke-Belt,” an 11-state region of the United States where studies show that the risk of stroke is 34 percent higher for the general population than it is in other areas of the country. Since our region of the country is particularly susceptible to these conditions, it’s important to know the facts and be better prepared in the event of a life-threatening situation.

The National Stroke Association reports that up to 80 percent of strokes can be prevented by working with a health care professional to reduce personal risk. The leading causes of stroke and the most important controllable risk factors for stroke are:
  • High cholesterol
  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes

Getting to the hospital quickly is vital in getting treatment and preventing permanent damage. So, if you or someone you know experiences any of these symptoms for more than a few minutes, call 9-1-1 immediately:
  • Sudden weakness or numbness in face, arm, or leg on one side of body.
  • Abrupt loss of vision, strength, coordination, sensation, speech or ability to understand speech.
  • Sudden dimness of vision, especially in one eye.
  • Sudden and severe headache with no other cause followed rapidly by loss of consciousness.
  • Unexplained dizziness or sudden falls.

For more information on the Palmetto Health Stroke Center, please call 803-296-CARE (2273) or visit PalmettoHealth.org/StrokeCenter.
 
Free seminars and health screenings

Palmetto Health will offer free seminars and health screenings during May to help educate the community about the dangers of stroke and hypertension.

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