World Stroke Day

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Tuesday, Oct. 29, is World Stroke Day; a day bringing awareness to the leading causes of disability in the U.S.

We caught up with Allison Gibson, a stroke survivor, and Dr. Brian Wiseman, Medical Director of UT Medical Center Comprehensive Stroke Center.

Quick tips on how to lower your risk of stroke:

  • Monitor blood pressure
  • Control your cholesterol
  • Keep your blood sugar down
  • Get active
  • Eat healthy
  • Lose weight if you need to
  • Don’t smoke
  • Take medications, such as aspirin, as prescribed

Signs of stroke:

  • B: Balance – Are you having trouble with your balance?
  • E: Eyes – Do you have vision problems, double vision?
  • F: Facial Drooping – Experiencing any facial drooping on one side?
  • A: Arms – When you hold your arms up, does one drift lower?
  • S: Speech – Are you experiencing slurred speech or forgetting words?
  • T: Time – The most important thing you can do is call 911 if you think you’re having a stroke. Also note the time of the last time you felt well.

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