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Stroke
             Awareness                                Month                          A stroke is a brain attack that cuts off blood and oxygen flow to the brain. By
                                                                                     completing this score card, you can determine your personal risk level.
Each box = 1
   RIsk FactoR                     High Risk                            caution                             Low Risk                          If your RED
                                    > 140/90 or                                                                                           score is 3 or more,
 Blood Pressure                                                      120-139/80-89                            <120/80                       please ask your
                                   I don’t know
                                                                                                                                         doctor about stroke
                                      >240 or                                                                                           prevention right away.
 cholesterol                                                            200-239                                 <200
                                   I don’t know
 Diabetes                               Yes                             Borderline                               No
 smoking                            I still smoke                   I’m trying to quit                  I am a non-smoker                   If your yELLow
                                                                                                                                          score is 4-6, you’re
                                                                                                          My heartbeat is                 off to a good start
 atrial Fibrillation      I have an irregular heartbeat               I don’t know
                                                                                                           not irregular
                                                                                                                                         keep working on it!
 Diet                             I am overweight                I am slightly overweight              My weight is healthy

 Exercise                     I am a couch potato                  I exercise sometimes                  I exercise regularly             If your gREEn score
                                                                                                                                        is 6-8, congratulations!
 I have stroke
                                        Yes                             Not sure                                 No                       you’re doing very
 in my family
                                                                                                                                          well at controlling
 scoRE                                                                                                                                   your risk for stroke!



TO REDUCE YOUR RISK FOR STROKE:                                                                           Stroke Symptoms include:
 1. Know your blood pressure.                        7. Include exercise in the activities you            • Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm
    If it’s elevated, work with your doctor             enjoy in your daily routine.                        or leg - especially on one side of the body.
    to lower it.                                     8. Enjoy a lower sodium                              • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or
 2. Find out from your doctor if you have               (salt), lower fat diet.                             understanding.
    atrial fibrillation (irregular and often         9. Ask your doctor how                               • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
    rapid heart rhythm).                                you can lower your
                                                                                                          • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of
 3. If you smoke, stop.                                 risk of stroke.
                                                                                                            balance or coordination.
 4. If you drink alcohol, do so                     10.   KNOW THE SYMPTOMS                               • Sudden severe headache with no known cause.
    in moderation.
                                                          OF STROKE.                                      If you have experienced any of these
 5. Find out if you have high cholesterol. If             If you have any
    you do, work
                                                                                                          symptoms, you may have had a TIA
                                                          stroke symptoms,
                                                                                                          (Transient Ischemic Attack, or mini-stroke)
    with your doctor to control it.                       seek immediate
                                                                                                          or a stroke – call 9-1-1 immediately!
 6. If you are diabetic, follow your doctor’s             medical attention.
    recommendations carefully to control                                                                     1-800-STROKES • 1-800-787-6537
    your diabetes.                                                                                                     www.stroke.org

				
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