Hollywood icon, Luke Perry, died this week at the age of 52 from a massive stroke. One third of all people hospitalized for a stroke are under the age of 65. In the United States, someone dies of a stroke every 4 minutes! These are some pretty scary facts. Can we safe guard ourselves or are we just ticking time bombs? We know the 5 leading causes of a stroke are high boold pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, obesity and diabetes so yes....we CAN safeguard ourselves. Controlling your blood pressure the most important thing you can do for yourself. Excersing and limiting your alchol consumption are other ways to help prevent a stroke.
However, if you do experience a stroke, getting immediate medical attention can be the difference between life and death or paraysis. The only FDA-approved treatment for ischemic strokes is Alteplase IV r-tPA, also known as tissue plasminogen activator. Alteplase IV r-tPA works by dissolving the clot and improving blood flow. If administered within three hours (and up to four-and-a-half hours in certain eligible patients), Alteplase IV r-tPA may improve the chances of recovering from a stroke.
If you or someone you know experiences any of these symptoms, call 911 immediately
- Sudden NUMBNESS or weakness of face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body
- Sudden CONFUSION, trouble speaking or understanding speech
- Sudden TROUBLE SEEING in one or both eyes
- Sudden TROUBLE WALKING, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden SEVERE HEADACHE with no known cause