Written by Erin MacPherson
Last updated on May 02, 2013 @ 7:15PM
Created on May 02, 2013 @ 6:17PM
Health and Diet are major issues here in our state and they can play a part in many aspects of our everyday life. If you aren't staying active and healthy, you could develop a higher risk of having a stroke.
A stroke can happen to anyone. A lot of people tend to think only older people suffer from them, but everyone is susceptible.
A stroke, or cerebrovascular accident (CVA), is the rapid loss of brain function due to disturbance in the blood supply to the brain. Dr. Mark Povroznik with United Hospital Center said he has seen this happen in younger people when they aren't getting enough sleep and for being on their feet too long. It usually happens in people who are obese or diabetic and mainly caused by lack of blood flow.
When someone is suffering from a stroke, it causes their face to become weak and therefore affecting their tongue. Everyday when you stick out your tongue it should be straight and rigid, but if it's droopy or slants to either side of your mouth you could be having a stroke. Doctor Povroznik said one of the ways we can fight increased stroke risk is with education.
"Education we know has been a paramount obstacle to getting patients to the emergency room where life saving strategies can be offered quickly. So anything that can be done for stroke education is still needed in the mountain state," said Dr. Povroznik.
There are many different things people need to pay attention to. According to medical professionals a stroke can happen over time or it can hit you suddenly.
Simple signs to know if you're having a stroke are if your face feels weak or numb or if you have a change in your speech. A way to test that is if you can no longer say simple sentences. Another sign is if you feel dizzy or confused. A really easy way is to ask the person you think is having the stroke to smile, if it's not even they're probably having one. And of course, the new symptom with your tongue.
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