Cardiovascular Health, Nutrition and Physical Activity
The Cardiovascular Health, Nutrition and Physical Activity Section is a heart disease and stroke prevention program from the Michigan Department of Community Health.
Vision: A heart-healthy and stroke-free Michigan.
Mission: Create a heart-healthy and stroke-free Michigan by increasing physical activity and healthy eating, reducing health disparities, and preventing and controlling other cardiovascular disease risk factors.
How to survive a stroke
The key to surviving stroke is to get medical attention quickly. Health care providers suggest thinking F.A.S.T.
F — Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
A — Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S — Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
T — Time: If you observe any of these signs, call 911 immediately.
Ask the person to open their mouth, and check to see if their tongue is crooked, either to the left or right.
Other symptoms of stroke
- Sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body.
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or difficulty understanding speech.
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or lack of coordination.
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause.
Source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The American Stroke Association and the American Heart Association recently issued the first-ever guidelines for preventing and reducing stroke in women:
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Cardiovascular Health, Nutrition and
Physical Activity Section
109 W. Michigan Ave., P.O. Box 30195
Lansing, Michigan 48909
Rochelle Hurst, Section Manager