Time is of the essence when dealing with a stroke

Time is of the essence when dealing with a stroke

Time is of the essence when dealing with a stroke

May is stroke awareness month, and the Hospitals of Providence Sierra Campus wants you to know how to respond to symptoms.

Christina Ramirez, stroke coordinator with the Hospitals of Providence Sierra Campus, says that high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and obesity are associated with strokes.

“Alcohol, smoking and stress," are other factors says Ramirez.

A stroke is identified as a clot or a rupture in your brain vessels and it blocks oxygen from getting into your brain or blood needing immediate medical attention.

Ramirez says doctors have anywhere from 4 hours to 6 hours from the time you were normal to help dissipate the clot.

But according to Ramirez, 80 percent of all strokes are preventable by taking care of yourself, exercising and eating healthy, and making sure you have your annual physical.

Sometimes stroke symptoms are hard to spot.

Ramirez wants people to remember the acronym F.A.S.T.

She says it's the best way spot initial stroke symptoms and deal with it.

F- Facial drooping

A- Arm weakness

S- Speech difficulty

T- Time call 911

Another subtle symptom is loss of balance or rapid confusion.

Every 4 minutes, someone dies of a stroke. When you spot any symptoms of a stroke in yourself or another person, minutes truly count.

Ramirez says that people should call for an ambulance to begin the care and treatment on the way to the hospital as opposed to finding their own way there.

“You have 32,000 brain cells that die per minute. So you need to act fast and call 911, get to the hospital right away so we can save those brain cells and minimize disability for you”.

The first 4 to 6 hours from the beginning of stroke symptoms are the most critical in trying to prevent permanent damage.

The goal, according to Ramirez, is to get people back to their normal selves when they survive a stroke.

Saturday, May 20, the Strides Against Strokes Walk will take place.

Call (915)577-6000 for information

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