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Executive Health Concerns

Maintaining optimum health is a important to everyone.  CorpStrokeorate leaders should be a role model for maintaining a fit mind and body, and many companies maintain an in-house fitness center or provide employee discounts for gym memberships.   I always ask about health and fitness during an executive coaching intake session to assure that potential health issues can be addressed so as not to impede our progress.

While a stroke can happen to anyone anytime, much of the damage caused by a strokes can be averted if caught in time. Thus, it's important to be aware of the signs and take immediate action to get help. If you think someone may be having a stroke, request that they perform these three things: 

  1. S- Ask the individual to SMILE
  2. T- Ask the person to TALK (a simple sentence e.g. "It is sunny out today")
  3. R- Ask them to raise both arms
  4. S- Ask the individual to stick out their tongue STRAIGHT out (It should not go to one side or look crooked)

Remember S-T-R-S, if they can't perform any ONE of the above four actions, dial 911. Time is of the essence. If you get them to the hospital within three hours, you can potentially reverse the effects.

Factors that put You at Risk for a Stroke:

The Bad News: Risk Factors you can't control

  • Age
  • Family history (genetics)
  • Race
  • Gender

The Good News: Risk Factors You Can Manage

  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • High LDL (low-density lipoprotein, or "bad cholesterol)
  • Low HDL (high-density lipoprotein, or "good cholesterol)
     

Do you know your stroke risk? Here is a link to calculating it as well as more information on how to manage stroke risk factors.

I nearly had a stroke when I saw this week's cover of Time Magazine showing a mom publicly breastfeeding her nearly four-year old son!  Check out the Today Show