ABC News Tweet Chat: Stroke

CT scan of brain show ischemic stroke and hemorrhagic strokIn observance of World Stroke Day (October 29, 2016), Dr. Robert Rosenwasser, President of the Vickie and Jack Farber Institute for Neuroscience at Jefferson Health; Dr. Larami MacKenzie, Associate Director of Neurocritical Care at Abington-Jefferson Health; and Dr. Gerald Wydro, Chair of Emergency Medicine at Aria-Jefferson Health, participated in an ABC News Tweet Chat moderated by chief health and medical editor Dr. Richard Besser. Here are the highlights:

  1. A stroke is a lack of blood supply to brain tissue or a bursting of a brain artery.
  2. A stroke can happen at any age, though are less common in younger people; most strokes in younger people are caused by bleeding in the brain, whereas in older people they are more commonly caused by blockages in brain arteries.
  3. If you think you (or a friend or family member) are having a stroke, it’s important to “Think F.A.S.T.”
  4. Time to treatment can greatly impact the outcome of a stroke. It’s best to call 911 immediately if you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of a stroke. Paramedics can call ahead to the hospital so the patient can go directly to receive a CT scan.
  5. You can decrease your risk of stroke by modifying lifestyle: healthy diet; moderate exercise; controlling blood pressure, diabetes and know your family history.
  6. Smoking cessation is crucial to preventing vessel disease, and preventing aneurysm rupture which can lead to a stroke.
  7. Stroke is a treatable disease. Strokes caused by blockages are often treated with clot-busting drugs; those caused by ruptures often need surgical/endovascular intervention.

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