ANCHOR LEAD: Strokes are largely preventable and treatable, but you need to educate yourself on top risk factors and know the warning signs. Brian Osuch more. (:60)
SCRIPT: Health Care Now, I’m Brian Osuch. May is American Stroke Month and Dr. Ralph Sacco of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine says the best way to beat a stroke is to avoid one altogether…
CUT: (Dr. Sacco) Most people who have first-time strokes have high blood pressure. If you have high blood pressure – and one out of three of us does - get it under control to help avoid a stroke.
SCRIPT: Stroke risk increases with age, but it’s never zero…
CUT: (Dr. Sacco) While African-Americans and seniors are at increased risk, anyone at any age can have a stroke.
SCRIPT: Sacco says many strokes are treatable thanks to clot-busting drugs and medical devices, but you have to act fast…
CUT: (Dr. Sacco) When a stroke occurs, nothing is more important than time. We want everyone to learn the acronym F.A.S.T to recognize the most common stroke signs: If you see F-Face drooping, A-Arm weakness or S-Speech difficulty, it’s T-Time to call 911. Face, Arm, Speech, Time, FAST.
SCRIPT: For more information, go to StrokeAssociation.org. That’s Health Care Now from the American Stroke Association.
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