Alex Schneider

Alex Schneider, chief of neurosciences at Mission Health.

Seeking immediate care within the first “golden hour” is critical for treating, surviving and recovering from a stroke. Do you know what signs and symptoms to look for and what things to do (and not to do) in order to save a life? Alex Schneider, MD, chief of neurosciences at Mission Health, has the following information to learn more about the severity of stroke, signs, symptoms and prevention.

Let’s start with the basics – what exactly is a stroke?

A stroke occurs when there isn’t enough blood being supplied to one or multiple areas of the brain, leaving the brain deprived of oxygen and other nutrients.

How do you know if you or someone is having a stroke?

If you notice or experience any warning signs, such as facial drooping, weakness one on side of the body or confusion, immediately consult with your doctor or seek care. These symptoms might be indicative of a mini-stroke, which often signals that you are in danger of having a full stroke.

When in doubt, BEFAST! Knowing and recognizing these signs and symptoms of stroke could save a life.

Can you prevent a stroke from happening?

There are several things individuals can do to minimize their chance of having a stroke, but Dr. Schneider suggests that simply being aware of your own risks is key. If you are concerned about being at risk of having a stroke, do you know what factors specifically put you at risk?

“The whole idea of stroke prevention is just being aware of your own numbers, being aware of your risk factors, really adapting and adopting a healthy lifestyle, both with physical activity and diet,” Schneider said.

Some individuals have a higher risk of stroke than others. You might be at a greater risk of having a stroke if you display one of the following signs or symptoms:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking or using tobacco
  • Sedentary/inactive lifestyle
  • Atrial fibrillation (AFib) – learn
  • more about AFib

Learn more about stroke care at Mission Health at missionhealth.org/stroke.

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