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Lowering your risks of stroke

FLINT, MICH. (May 23, 2023) – In May, we celebrate National Stroke Awareness Month through education and awareness. Hamilton Community Health Network’s mission is to help provide the resources necessary to treat and prevent patients from diseases, illnesses and more, such as strokes.

Strokes are the fifth highest cause of death and a leading cause of disabilities in America. Strokes are caused by blood clots or other particles blocking the blood vessels to the brain.

Knowing how to identify a stroke as it is happening can mean the difference between life and death. A person experiencing a stroke will show sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm or leg, sudden confusion, trouble seeing or walking and a severe headache. If someone is experiencing any of these symptoms, it is imperative to call 911 and seek medical attention right away.

“Knowing the signs of a stroke can literally save a life,” David Hamaker, PA-C of Hamilton’s Burton Clinic says.

“Being prepared and able to make the call quickly can mean more time for life-saving medical help and can lead to better treatment,” Hamaker added.

There are ways to better protect ourselves from experiencing a stroke, such as preventive measures. Having a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight, controlling blood pressure and diabetes are all ways to help prevent a stroke later in life. It is never too late to start working on a stronger body and better health.

“Restricting ourselves to a healthier diet, better exercise, less drinking and smoking, are all ways you can prevent yourself from experiencing a stroke,” says Hamaker, “But that is not always enough. It’s important to go to your annual check-ups and let your provider rule out any ailments or issues you may be experiencing.”

Everyone is encouraged to go for a check-up as soon as possible to rule out risks of strokes. A healthier diet, more exercise, stopping smoking, quitting drinking and managing your blood pressure are all the best ways to avoid a stroke.

Hamilton Community Health Network is here to help and strives to be a healthcare education provider for the residents of Flint and surrounding areas. Appointments can be made by calling their call center at 810-406-4246 or visiting their website HamiltonCHN.org.

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