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HHS HealthBeat (January 4, 2011)

Stopping strokes

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From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Nicholas Garlow with HHS HealthBeat.

Strokes occur suddenly, mostly as a result of decreased blood flow to the brain. They’re now the fourth leading cause of death in the United States.

Dr. Mary George is a medical officer with CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

“There are two main types of stroke – ischemic stroke, which is the most common, and hemorrhagic stroke.” (6 seconds)

Common symptoms include numbness or weakness in the arms, legs and face, dizziness, and loss of balance.

Dr. George explains ways to decrease your risk of having a stroke.

“Prevent and control high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol; not smoking; avoid heavy alcohol consumption; maintain a healthy weight; eat a healthy diet with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables; and get plenty of physical activity.” (15 seconds)

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Nicholas Garlow.

Last revised: May 7, 2011