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Michigan has many persistent public health problems today. For example, our state ranks fifth in the nation in obesity, ties for fifth highest rates of diabetes, and is ninth in the nation for deaths caused by cardiovascular disease.

The EDWM Health Ministry strives to bring a sense of hope to people who are at risk of becoming unwell in body, mind and spirit. This section summarizes our Health Ministry program.

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Stroke Awareness is May’s Health Topic

May is National Stroke Awareness Month. A stroke (brain attack) is a medical emergency. During a stroke, blood supply to part of the brain is interrupted or greatly diminished. One cause of stroke is blockage of blood flow. A second cause is hemorrhage (bleeding) in the brain. Then brain cells die in minutes. The good news is that with early action stroke can be treated and prevented. Brain damage and complications can be kept to a minimum. Many risk factors increase risk of stroke. Medical risk factors include high blood pressure, diabetes, sleep apnea and heart disease. Some other factors related to lifestyle are being overweight or obese, physically inactive, heavy or binge drinking, cigarette smoking, and using illicit drugs such as cocaine or methamphetamine.

Use F–A–S–T. Identify warning signs of stroke:
Blue Arrow LeftFace - Ask the person to smile. Is there any weakness or numbness, or droop on one side of the face?
Blue Arrow LeftArms - Ask the person to hold both arms up. After raising the arms, does one arm drift downward?
Blue Arrow LeftSpeech - Have the person repeat a simple phrase like “The sky is blue.” Does the person’s speech sound slurred or strange or different than the phrase?
Blue Arrow LeftTime - Don’t waste any time in calling 911 for assistance. Time will make the difference in outcome and possibly reverse a stroke.
Immediately report these to your doctor or healthcare provider.

Some other symptoms of stroke are
Blue Arrow LeftConfusion or trouble understanding.
Blue Arrow LeftParalysis, weakness or numbness of the leg
Blue Arrow LeftTrouble seeing, such as blurred or blackened vision in one or both eyes or seeing double.
Blue Arrow LeftSudden, severe headache accompanied by vomiting, dizziness or altered consciousness.
Blue Arrow LeftTrouble with walking such as stumbling, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.

Even if symptoms seem to clear up, get emergency care. You may have had a stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA) where a brain artery has been partially blocked or narrowed.

Talk with your doctor or healthcare provider if you think you have a risk for DVT.

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National Stroke Awareness Month 2017
The Mayo Clinic
National Stroke Association

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