Vim & Vigor - Summer 2017 - North Mississippi - 29
ou've probably heard the saying "time lost is brain lost"
in reference to stroke. And it's not just a pithy slogan.
"Stroke is an interruption of blood flow in the brain,"
says Alexander A. Khalessi, MD, a spokesman for the
American Stroke Association. "Once that interruption takes place,
you're basically on the clock, because the brain will start to die
in the absence of having blood flow. There's really no more timesensitive condition in medicine."
And the time sensitivity doesn't end when you get to the hospital. What happens in the hours, days, weeks and months after
a stroke is critical to your well-being.
The first step to getting timely
treatment is recognizing
"If you think you're having a stroke, you need to call
911 immediately," says Nieca
Goldberg, MD, national spokeswoman for the American Heart
Association and author of Dr.
Nieca Goldberg's Complete Guide
to Women's Health. "It's important for people to know what
the symptoms of stroke are.
Remember 'FAST': If there's
facial drooping, arm weakness
and speech difficulty, it's time
to call 911."
If you observe symptoms of
stroke in someone else, don't
let that person talk you out of
"The main challenge
you're going to deal with is
the stricken person doesn't
have insight into their own
deficits," Khalessi says. "They
feel like they're fine. It's really
important for a friend or
loved one to trust their gut
to get them to the ER."
SUMME R 2017