Fort Lauderdale, Florida– May is National Stroke Awareness Month at Sleep Dentists, your Fort Lauderdale Cosmetic Dentistry specialists. We are committed to your health first and foremost, so we want you to be aware of the signs and symptoms of strokes for yourself and your loved ones.
Studies show that 80% of strokes can be prevented through the help of healthcare professionals. We aim to inform our clients on healthy mouths and bodies, including certain risk factors that increase the chances of a stroke.
A stroke occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery or when a blood vessel breaks, interrupting blood flow to the brain. Brain cells die which causes damage to the brain. This causes terrible consequences, including physical, cognitive and emotional functioning.
When brain cells die during a stroke, physical abilities that are controlled by that area of the brain could potentially fail. Those abilities could include your speech, movement and memory. Recovery after a stroke is often a lifelong process for everyone impacted by this event. Some people recover fully from a stroke while others face challenges for the rest of their lives.
In order to evaluate a stroke situation, look for the following symptoms:
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding others
- Sudden vision problems in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- A sudden headache with no reasonable cause
If you show any symptoms, call an ambulance. To decrease your risk of stroke, we encourage all our patients not to smoke or use tobacco products. You should also implement healthy eating habits and reduce your use of alcohol. Increasing physical activity can also help reduce stroke risk.
Some risk factors are out of your control. Uncontrollable risk factors include being over age 55, being male, being African American, Hispanic or Asian/Pacific Islander, or having a family history of stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA).
Controllable risk factors include:
- High Blood Pressure
- Atrial Fibrillation
- High Cholesterol
- Circulation Problems
- Tobacco Use and Smoking
- Alcohol Use
- Physical Inactivity
By working with a doctor who can prescribe medications and advise lifestyle changes towards a healthy lifestyle, you can prevent a potential stroke. The
National Stroke Association created an easy-to-use tool called a Stroke Risk Scorecard. The Scorecard gives people an idea of their personal risk of stroke.
We recommend you assess your risk of stroke and discuss your results with a doctor to help treat any controllable risk factors. For all of your dentistry needs or oral health issues, give your Fort Lauderdale sedation dentistry experts a call at 954-715-6594.
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