Stroke Awareness Month

Stroke Awareness Month

May is Stroke Awareness Month, a crucial time to highlight the importance of recognizing the signs and symptoms of a stroke, as well as understanding the risk factors and preventive measures. Strokes occur when blood flow to a part of the brain is interrupted, either due to a blockage (ischemic stroke) or a burst blood vessel (hemorrhagic stroke). This interruption deprives brain cells of oxygen, leading to cell death and potentially severe and lasting impairments. At Chappelle Pharmacy, we are committed to providing you with the information and resources needed to protect yourself and your loved ones from the devastating effects of a stroke.

Recognizing the signs of a stroke can save lives. The acronym FAST is a helpful tool to remember: Face drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty, Time to call emergency services. If you or someone you know exhibits any of these symptoms, it is critical to seek medical help immediately. Additionally, understanding the risk factors, such as high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, high cholesterol, and a sedentary lifestyle, can help in preventing strokes. Regular check-ups, maintaining a healthy diet, exercising, and managing chronic conditions are essential steps in reducing your risk. Visit Chappelle Pharmacy for more information on how to maintain a heart-healthy lifestyle and for assistance with managing your medications and health screenings.