Strokes occur when blood flow to the brain is compromised, leading to the death of brain tissue. While strokes can be devastating, new medications and other treatments can lead to dramatic recovery, but only if the stroke is identified and treated quickly. The American Stroke Association recommends using the acronym FAST to remember the signs and symptoms of a stroke:
- F – Facial drooping on one side
- A – Arm weakness that impairs raising the arm on one side
- S – Speech difficulty, either impaired speech or difficulty understanding speech
- T – Time is critical, and anyone with these signs needs to be evaluated immediately for stroke
Traditional "clot-busting" medications had to be used within three hours of the onset of stroke symptoms, which made many patients ineligible for treatment. Newer guidelines and neurointerventional procedures, available at major stroke centers, allow more patients to benefit from improved long-term outcomes.
If you notice yourself or anyone around you experiencing these signs, note the time, call 911 and get to the hospital immediately.
To reduce your risk of having a stroke, be sure to eat well, exercise regularly, don't smoke, and follow up with your primary doctor, watching closely to allow early diagnosis and good control of:
- Blood pressure
Julian Bragg, MD, PHD
Midtown Neurology, P.C., a provider of IDD therapy and other neurological services in Atlanta, is the practice of Drs. Husham Mishu and Julian Bragg, who are both certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN). Midtown Neurology is affiliated with the stroke program at Atlanta Medical Center, which has been designated by the Joint Commission as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center. Our neurologists have committed themselves to providing you with state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment options for your neurological concerns. Whether it is IDD Therapy, BOTOX treatments, migraine headache relief or any other number of neurological needs, we combine our treatments with a thorough education regarding your condition, encouraging you to become an active participant in your treatment plan. At Midtown Neurology, it is our philosophy that you have complete knowledge in order to work as a team with us to treat your condition.
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