February is Heart Month: Are You at Risk for Heart Disease?

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During the month of February, Americans see the human heart as the symbol of love. February is American Heart Month, a time to show yourself the love. Learn about your risks for heart disease and stroke and stay "heart healthy" for yourself and your loved ones.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD)—including heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure—is the number 1 killer of women and men in the United States. It is a leading cause of disability, preventing Americans from working and enjoying family activities. CVD costs the United States over $300 billion each year, including the cost of health care services, medications, and lost productivity.

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Recognizing A Stroke

Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.
 
Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:
 
S  *Ask  the individual to SMILE.
T  *Ask  the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently) (i.e. It is sunny out  today)
R  *Ask  him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.
 
If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks , call  emergency number immediately and describe the  symptoms to the dispatcher.
 
New Sign of a Stroke -------- Stick out Your  Tongue Ask the person to  'stick' out his tongue.. If the tongue is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or the other, that is also an indication of a stroke.