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Indiana State Department of Health

Chronic Disease > Cardiovascular Health > Stroke Stroke

 

  • Stroke is the 4th leading cause of death in the U.S. and Indiana
  • On average, every 4 minutes someone dies of stroke.

 

Recognition of the Signs of Stroke

  5 major symptoms
  • Sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body.
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking, or difficulty understanding speech.
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance, or lack of coordination.
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause.

*CALL 9-1-1 if you or someone else has any of these symptoms.

Are you at Risk?

  • CONDITIONS: High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol, Heart Disease, Diabetes, Sickle Cell Disease
  • BEHAVIORS: Unhealthy Diet, Physical Inactivity, Obesity, Too Much Alcohol, Tobacco Use
  • FAMILY HISTORY & OTHER CHARACTERISTICS: Age, Sex, Race or Ethnicity

Take a Step to Prevent Stroke (Prevention)

  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Exercise regularly
  • Avoid tobacco
  • Limit alcohol use
  • Control blood pressure
  • Check cholesterol
  • Manage diabetes
  • Manage heart disease

Guidelines

Resources

American Stroke Association

National Stroke Association

AHA Stroke Statements & Guidelines

National Stroke Association Online Stroke Caregiver Community

Indiana Association for Home & Hospice Care