The WSO want more women to understand their stroke risk and take steps to reduce the likelihood of preventable stroke. Women are encouraged to make healthier lifestyle choices and to get a health check from a medical practitioner. Some stroke risks are also specific to women. Pregnancy related diabetes, preeclampsia, the use of birth control pills, hormone replacement therapy and hormonal change all increase the risk of stroke for women.

 Below is information about the early warning signs of a S.T.R.oke , which if noticed in time, could save a life. The tests are easy for anyone to do.

Ask three simple questions:

S *Ask the individual to SMILE.

T *Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently) (e.g.. It is sunny out today.)

R *Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call the Health Centre in Aghios Nikolaos, 27210 77210, or the emergency number, 166  immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

NOTE: Another 'sign' of a stroke: Ask the person to 'stick' out his tongue .. If the tongue is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or the other, that is also an indication of a stroke.

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