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May is American Stroke Month


Most of us know someone who’s suffered from a stroke, but may not understand what it means to have a stroke. Understanding what a stroke is and what we can do to lower our risks of having one could save our lives. A stroke happens when a clot or rupture interrupts blood flow to the brain.

Without oxygen rich blood, brain cells die. The effects of a stroke depend on the location of the obstruction and the extent of brain tissue affected.

Stroke kills almost 130,000 people a year in the United States. It is a leading cause of death. Stroke is also a leading cause of serious long-term disability.


There are 3 different types of strokes

Ischemic stroke occurs as a result of an obstruction within a blood vessel supplying blood to the brain. It accounts for 87 percent of all stroke cases.

Hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a weakened blood vessel ruptures. The most common cause of hemorrhagic stroke is uncontrolled hypertension (high blood pressure).

TIA (transient ischemic attack) is caused by a temporary clot. Often called a “mini stroke”, these warning strokes should be taken very seriously.


Did you know that 80% of strokes are preventable? High blood pressure equals higher risks of stroke. Most people who suffer from a stroke have high blood pressure. Having high blood can damage blood vessels in the brain, raising the risks of clots and ruptures. A normal blood pressure reading is under 120/80. If you have high blood pressure, speak with your Doctor about how you can regain control of your blood pressure.

Consuming a diet low in saturated fats, cholesterol and sodium can help save your life. A healthy diet rich in lean proteins, whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and unsaturated fats is to recommend to lessen the risks of stroke. The American Heart Association recommends consuming 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day to maintain optimal health.

An active lifestyle is another method of prevention against stroke. The American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes of physically activity per week. That can be broken down into 30 minutes of moderate intensity, aerobic activity at least 5 days a week.

American Heart Association
Center of Disease Control

Attend one of the FREE exercise programs offered by the City of Los Fresnos at Los Fresnos Memorial Park.

For more information contact Christine De La Rosa, Los Fresnos Community Health Worker at 956-312-1406 or email at cdelarosa@citylf.us or Los Fresnos City Hall at 956-233-5768.