TAKE 2 FOR PREVENTION

  • Take measures to lower high cholesterol.
  • Give up smoking.
  • Adopt a life-long healthy diet.
  • Avoid excessive alcohol consumption.
  • Manage diabetes.
  • Seek treatment for circulation problems.
  • Exercise daily.
  • Try to maintain an ideal weight range.

TAKE 2 FOR TESTING

The No. 1 stroke risk factor is high blood pressure. Take 2 minutes to check your blood pressure regularly. Download a free BP test wallet card to keep track of your BP readings, and keep an eye out for any irregularities.

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TAKE 2 TO KNOW THE SIGNS

including sudden:

  • Numbness or weakness in the face, arm or leg – especially on one side of the body.
  • Confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
  • Trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
  • Trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
  • Headache with no known cause.

ACT FAST

Remember the FAST acronym (Facial drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulties and Time) with a free Know The Signs wallet card, to have on you at all times.

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The quicker you get help for someone having a stroke, the less permanent the brain damage.

TAKE 2 FOR TREATMENT

Call emergency services [i.e. 911 in the U.S.] at the first signs of stroke and/or go to the hospital. Just 2 minutes can mean the difference between life and death or quality of life. Even if symptoms disappear in a few minutes, call emergency services, because you may prevent a potentially forthcoming major stroke.