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May is National Stroke Awareness Month

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Do you know F.A.S.T.?

May is National Stroke Awareness Month. Do you know how to spot a stroke F.A.S.T.?

F – Face drooping: Does one side of the face droop when smiling?

A – Arm weakness: Does one arm drift downward when both arms are raised?

S – Speech difficulty: Is speech slurred or strange when repeating a simple phrase?

T – Time to call 911: If you see any of these signs, call 9-1-1 right away.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), stroke is the fifth leading cause of death for women. In the U.S., one in five women between the ages of 55 – 75 will have a stroke. Women are more likely than men to have a stroke.

Know the risk factors.

High blood pressure, high blood pressure during pregnancy, certain types of birth control medicines, smoking, and depression are some of the main risk factors for women and stroke. Other factors, especially for Black women and women of color, include obesity, diabetes, and sickle cell disease.

How can you prevent a stroke from happening?

Eating healthy, getting regular physical activity, and talking to your doctor are some of the best things you can do to prevent a stroke.

Know your ABCs.

Aspirin – acts as a blood thinner and reduces the risk of blood clots. Before taking aspirin, consult with your doctor to see if it is right for you.

Blood pressure – keep it under control and take any medication your doctor recommends or prescribes.

Cholesterol – get your levels checked regularly and listen to your doctor.

Smoking – don’t start, and if you already do, then quit.

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Sharon Stone

Academy Award-nominated actress, mother, icon, stroke survivor.

In 2001, when at the age of 43, Sharon Stone had a massive stroke. With strokes, time is of the essence, and she didn’t get to the hospital until day three of a brain bleed. After nine days with a brain bleed and surgery, Sharon’s doctors gave her a 1% chance of survival. In interviews with Variety and USA Today, Sharon has talked about the struggles she experienced during her seven-year recovery. Those struggles aren’t limited to her health. Remortgaging her house, trying to function and work, fighting to keep custody of her son, she said that she lost everything that she had. She spent two years learning to walk and talk again. She left the hospital with a stutter. It took her two years to be able to read again.

Actress to advocate.

Sharon Stone is now an advocate for brain and brain-aging diseases that disproportionately affect women. While hosting an event to raise awareness for the Women’s Brain Health Initiative, Sharon told Variety, “This is why I do it. My mother had a stroke. My grandmother had a stroke. I had a massive stroke – and a nine-day brain bleed…if you have a really bad headache, you need to go to the hospital.” In an ABC interview, Sharon said, “I became more emotionally intelligent. I chose to work very hard to open up other parts of my mind. Now I am stronger.”

As an activist and advocate for feminine freedom and equality, men always ask me how can they participate in female empowerment. My answer is simple. Hold other men accountable for their actions. – Sierra Bender

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