The simple truth is that a stroke can occur to anyone, at any time, and at any place. However, some summer habits can increase the risk of stroke as well as make you less likely to
recognize the symptoms. In Bayhealth’s article, “Summer’s Disguise of Stroke Symptoms,” Director Sumeet S. Multani, MD, MBBS, and Nurse Practitioner Brandy Magee, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, discuss summertime rituals that increase your risk.
Activities to keep an eye on:
- Increased alcohol and sodium intake at summer barbeques and outdoor events
- Forgetting to re-fill prescriptions or bring medicines during summer activities
- Mistaking stroke symptoms as temporary problems
- Forgetting to drink water when spending outside in the sun and high temperatures
During summer months it is important to consume alcohol, carbohydrates, and high-
sodium foods in moderation. In addition to this, make sure you have your prescribed
medications on hand and take them as prescribed. This may mean setting a timer on your
phone or filling prescriptions before leaving for your summer trip.
As always, education and awareness are essential for effective stroke prevention and
Remember to act “F.A.S.T.”
- Face: Does one side of the face droop?
- Arms: Does one arm drift downward?
- Speech: Does the person slur words or say things incorrectly?
- Time: If any of these or the other symptoms outlined earlier are present, don’t delay!
Dial 911 immediately!
For more information about summer’s disguise of stroke symptoms visit BayHealth’s website.