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Stroke Updates

Strokes had been the 3rd leading cause of death in the USA. Recently it “fell” to 5th which is mostly due to new procedures administered within hours of the stroke occurring. The IV med tPA should be used within 3-4.5 hours for best results. The newer thrombectomy procedure should be used in a 6-24 hour window.

Also new is the updated acronym of symptoms—

BEFAST: balance, eyes, facial droop, arm drift/weakness, speech difficulties, and time. It is essential to act quickly and call 911 if these signs of a stroke are detected. ¾ of all stroke victims are over the age of 65. Stroke is still the leading cause of serious long-term disability. The highest risk factors are hypertension and smoking. Please share this information with your family and friends.

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