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Heart Smart

Knowing the risk factors for a stroke may save your life. Try this quick stroke awareness quiz. If you answered yes to a majority of the questions, your risk factor for a stroke is much greater and you should check with your doctor.
  1. Is your blood pressure more than 135/85? High blood pressure is a leading cause of stroke.
  2. Do you have atrial fibrillation?
  3. Do you smoke cigarettes?
  4. Do you drink alcohol beyond moderation?
  5. Is your cholesterol high?
  6. Do you have diabetes? Is it under control?
  7. Do you exercise for 30 minutes a day?
  8. Do you enjoy a low sodium (salt) diet? This can lower your blood pressure and reduce your risk for stroke.
  9. Do you have circulation problems?
If you witness someone with the following signs of a stroke, call 911 immediately.
  • Numbness or weakness of face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Confusion or trouble speaking or understanding speech
  • Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Trouble walking, dizziness, or loss of balance or coordination
  • Severe headache with no known cause.