ASK MR. PEDOMETER & FRIENDS…
Q: Mr. Pedometer, recently someone I know died from a stroke because those around him did not know what was happening. Can you please remind us of what symptoms to watch for?
A: I am sorry for the outcome for your friend. Here is the easy-to-remember F.A.S.T. acronym to recognize and react if you or someone near you is experiencing a stroke:
- F = Face: Drooping?
- A = Arm: Weak?
- S = Speech: Difficulty?
- T = Time to call 911 if the above symptoms are observed, even briefly!
According to the to the American Stroke Association, as reported by Bobbi Dempsey in “Spry Living”
- “Up to 80 percent of strokes could be prevented by lifestyle changes….
- “The biggest risk factor is high blood pressure, so keep your blood pressure under control by
- watching your diet,
- getting enough exercise, and
- taking medications, if necessary….
- “And don’t forget that the guidelines for what is considered healthy blood pressure numbers dropped recently from under 140/90 to 120/80, so even yours has always been fine, it’s a good time to get it checked again.”
Mr. Pedometer hopes you never have to use the F.A.S.T. guidelines, but it always is better to be prepared.
AND SLEEP WELL,
FOR A HEALTHY, LONGER LIFE!