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It is a busy time of the year and, undoubtedly, many of you will be traveling or around a lot of family members. Keep an eye out for signs and symptoms of Stroke. Stroke does not only affect the elderly population. In reality, stroke can happen to anyone, at any age, and at any time. Watch the 2 videos below for a quick review.

Do you  know the warning signs and symptoms of Stroke?  If you are experiencing the following (or see someone experiencing/having these symptoms) call 9-1-1 immediately! To identify the signs and symptoms – Think F.A.S.T!!  

– Face Drooping Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile.

– Arm Weakness Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

– Speech Difficulty Is speech slurred, are they unable to speak, or are they hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like “the sky is blue.” Is the sentence repeated correctly?

– Time to call 9-1-1 If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get them to the hospital immediately.


Beyond F.A.S.T. – Other Symptoms You Should Know

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the leg
  • Sudden confusion or trouble understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes 
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause

Immediately call 9-1-1 or the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) number so an ambulance can be sent.  Also, check the time so you’ll know when the first symptoms appeared. A clot-busting drug called tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) may improve the chances of getting better but only if you get them help right away.

A TIA or transient ischemic attack is a “warning stroke” or “mini-stroke” that produces stroke-like symptoms. TIA symptoms usually only last a few minutes but, if left untreated, people who have TIAs have a high risk of stroke. Recognizing and treating TIAs can reduce the risk of a major stroke.

The above information brought to you from the American Heart Association.

Read more at the National Stroke Association website

What is a Stroke? Watch below…

What can you do? 80% of stroke is preventable…

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November is COPD Awareness Month. COPD is the 3rd leading cause of death in America  BUT it is preventable and treatable! If you are wondering – What is COPD? – you are at the right place – Lets talk COPD!   COPD = Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.  Let’s break this down a little more. The “phase” or “length of time” for a disease process is usually described as;

  • Acute – a sudden, severe onset; Asthma or heart attack. When used in describing pain, onset lasting less than 1 month.
  • Sub-Acute – The symptoms or illness is not yet chronic, but has  passed the Acute phase or the presenting symptom is not as severe as an Acute phase. This phase usually last 1-3 months
  • Chronic – indefinite duration or virtually no change. This process last for longer than 3-6 months.

The obstructive process, commonly co-exists as Chronic Bronchitis or Emphysema, and is a process that narrows the airway. This causes a limitation of air-exchange in the lungs and can lead to shortness of breath. The concept is the same as Asthma, but Asthma is “reversible” and “acute” while COPD gets progressively worse over time and is chronic. Pulmonary = Lung.

COPD is caused by a noxious particle or gas (noxious-something that is physically harmful or injurious to health or well being); tobacco smoking is  a common noxious element which triggers an abnormal inflammatory response in the lung. Occupational exposures and air pollution are other contributing factors to the development of COPD.

  • Chronic Bronchitis – The airway tube that carries air (oxygen) to the Lungs gets inflamed  and makes a lot of mucus. This narrow or block the airways, making it hard to breath
  • Emphysema – The tiny air sacs in the Lungs are like a balloon in a healthy person. They get bigger when you breathe in and smaller when you breath out, to move air through the lungs. In emphysema, the sacs are damaged and unable to stretch, leading to less air in and out of the lungs; this leads to feeling of short of breath

Your doctor can diagnosis COPD using a Lung Function Tests – A test that measures the capacity of your lungs to exchange Carbon dioxide for Oxygen. There are many important management strategies, some of which includes smoking cessation, rehabilitation, and drug therapy given via inhalers. As the disease progress, some patients will require long-term oxygen use.

To learn more about COPD you may visit: http://www.lung.org/about-us/our-impact/top-stories/november-is-copd-awareness-1.html

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