South Carolinians Urged To Be Aware Of Risks And Signs Of Stroke

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Risks and Signs of Stroke

May is National Stroke Awareness Month, and the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control urges South Carolinians to reduce risk factors and recognize the warning signs of stroke.

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"High blood pressure, cigarette smoking, diabetes, heart disease, poor eating habits and physical inactivity are stroke risk factors that can be changed, treated or controlled, thus increasing your chances of remaining stroke-free," said Dory Masters, director of DHEC's Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Division.

Masters said stroke is a type of cardiovascular disease. Itaffects the arteries within, and leading to, the brain. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. When that happens, the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs, so it begins to die. Stroke is a medical emergency, so if you notice one or more of these signs, call for help immediately:

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