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May 19
Blog: Time Lost is Brain Lost

A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is interruptedeither by a blockage or a burst blood vesseland parts of the brain cannot get the oxygen and nutrients they need to function.

In the United States, someone has a stroke every 40 seconds, and nearly two million brain cells die each minute a stroke goes untreated. There is very literally no time to lose, which is why understanding the warning signs is so important.

Think of it this way: Time lost is brain lost, so you should always BE FAST:

  • B: Balance. Is there a loss of coordination, dizziness, or trouble walking?
  • E: Eyes. Trouble seeing out of one or both eyes?Stroke Symptoms
  • F: Face. Is one side of the face drooping or numb?
  • A: Arms. Raise both arms. Does one drift downward?
  • S: Speech. Notice any trouble speaking, or slurring of words?
  • T: Terrible headache. Time is brain! Call 911 immediately, even if symptoms seem to fade.

The good news is, according to the American Stroke Association, 80% of strokes can be prevented with healthy habits and regular communication with your provider.

  • Get moving! Life can be busy, but try to fit in 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise each week. You could catch up with a friend on a brisk walk, or spend time gardening.
  • Eat better. Balance is keyit doesn't have to be all or nothing. Choose whole grains when possible, along with healthy sources of protein and a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. Reduce your salt and sugar intake, and limit alcohol. If you struggle with eating, or would like to develop healthier habits, Saratoga Hospital's registered dietitians can help.
  • Lose weight. You'll reduce your risk for stroke, as well as other chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease.
  • Stop smoking. The decision to quit smoking, vaping, or using any form of tobacoo can add years to your life. The New York State Quitline provides free, confidential support to anyone who's ready to stop using tobacco.
  • Control your cholesterol. While diet and exercise do affect your cholesterol levels, any body type can have high cholesterol. Ask your provider to conduct a test each year during your annual physical.
  • Manage your blood pressure. Nearly half of American adults live with hypertension, so it's important to monitor your blood pressure. A strong doctor-patient partnership is key to maintaining a healthy range.

Because some risk factorsage, family history, gender, raceare out of your control, annual wellness exams are vital. Your provider can assess your overall health and discuss prevention plans that might be best for you.

If you need a primary care provider, please call the Saratoga Hospital Medical Group Patient Concierge at 518-886-5900. We'll help you find the physician that is right for you.


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