Strik­ing back at stroke Prevention, symp­toms, ad­vice

The Irish Times - Tuesday - Health - - Health -

Take 30 min­utes of mod­er­ate ac­tiv­ity five days a week Eat well with plenty of fruit and veg­eta­bles Cut down foods high in fat, salt and su­gar Know your healthy weight range Quit smok­ing Have reg­u­lar blood pres­sure and choles­terol checks Know your fam­ily his­tory De-stress

Symp­toms of a heart at­tack can in­clude

Chest pain

Up­per body pain in the jaw, back, neck or arms

Short­ness of breath

Sweat­ing

Nau­sea

Light-head­ed­ness

Loss of con­scious­ness

Tired­ness Weak­ness

Make it snappy: The FAST cam­paign

The Ir­ish Heart Foun­da­tion’s FAST cam­paign makes stroke symp­toms easy to re­mem­ber:

F is for Fa­cial weak­ness – can the per­son smile?

A is for Arm weak­ness – can the per­son raise both arms?

S is for Speech prob­lems – can the per­son speak clearly and un­der­stand what you say?

T is for Time – Time to call 999 if you spot any of th­ese signs

For more in­for­ma­tion see irish­heart.ie For stroke ad­vice see stroke.ie or tel 1890-432 787

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