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      Stroke Awareness Month

      FAMILY MATTERS - Dr. Lisa Yanase, Providence Stroke Neurologist

      90% of Americans do not recognize the signs of stroke, the number three cause of death in the U.S.
      A person's life can be saved if those around them recognize the signs and act FAST.

      Signs of stroke
      F - FACE: Does one side of face droop?
      A - ARMS: drooping arm/arms?
      S - SPEECH: slurred words?
      T - TIME: call 9-1-1

      Then go into risk factors that can be controlled
      Stroke risk factors that can be controlled:
      High blood pressure
      Smoking
      Over weight
      High cholesterol
      Diabetes

      At the Streaks for Stroke event at Clackamas Town Center people can get a free red streak in their hair and also get screened for high blood pressure - a leading cause of stroke. The nurses there will have tips for people who have high blood pressure- ways to lower it, etc. and also information on the other risk factors.

      Streaks for Stroke
      Saturday, May 11
      11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
      Clackamas Town Center
      Lower level - east end

      Stroke is the nation's #4 killer and the leading cause of long term disability.
      Each year, nearly 800,000 Americans have a stroke.
      On average, someone has a stroke every 40 seconds.
      Every four minutes, someone in the U.S. dies from a stroke.
      Women are more likely than men to have a stroke.
      Physical activity can cut your risk of stroke by 35%.
      People with normal blood pressure (below 120/80) have half the risk of having a stroke - compared with people with high blood pressure.
      90% of Americans do not recognize the signs of stroke - but a person's life can be saved if those around them recognize the signs and act FAST.