May is American Stroke Awareness Month

American Stroke Awareness month is upon us. 

A stroke is best described as an attack on your brain. It can happen to anyone and it can happen at anytime. A stroke occurs when the blood flow to an area of the brain is cut off. When this happens, your brain isn't getting the oxygen it needs. When that area loses oxygen you lose your abilities in that area such as memory and muscle control.

 

Having a stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the Unites States. Additionally, stroke is the leading cause of adult disability. Up to 80% of strokes can be prevented.

 

Utilize the letters in FAST to spot the signs of a stroke:

  • F- face drooping
  • A-  arm weakness
  • S- speech difficulty
  • T- time to call 911

 

Have you had your blood pressure checked lately? High blood pressure can damage blood vessels in the brain. This increases your changes of having a stroke.

  • Nearly 1 in 6 adults have high blood pressure and don't know it.
  • Normal blood pressure is below 120/80.
  • At age 50, people without high blood pressure have a life expectancy 5 years longer than someone with high blood pressure.
  • Most people who have had their first stroke have high blood pressure.

 

The Healthy Benefits program health plan pays 100%* for you to have an annual preventive care screening, that includes a screening for your blood pressure. Having your biometrics completed not only helps find underlying conditions it also allows you to earn points towards your deductible credit through the wellness program tool.

 

Mike Keith Insurance has partnered with the NRWA and Lifestyle Health plans to bring you and your members an affordable solution to the ever rising cost of health care. Our team of health insurance experts has over 30 years of benefits experience and we are looking forward to being your healthcare advocates.

 

For additional information please visit http://healthybenefitsnrwa.com/ or give us a call at 800.530.5229. We look forward to our partnership together.

 

*Claim is coded as preventive by your physician.

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