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Think F-A-S-T for Stroke

May is Stroke Awareness Month. South Carolina has one of the highest rates of stroke in the United States. In this WLTX interview, Dr. Katherine Dahlberg, neurologist with Southeastern Neurology & Memory Clinic at Lexington Medical Center, explains what happens inside the body when you have a stroke and how you can prevent one from happening.

When it comes so symptoms of a stroke, remember the acronym F-A-S-T. Look for Facial drooping, Arm weakness, Slurred speech, and know it’s Time to call 911. Prompt treatment is paramount in order to minimize negative stroke outcomes. Lexington Medical Center is a Primary Stroke Center, which means the hospital has demonstrated excellence in treating stroke patients promptly and successfully. Visit LexMed.com/Stroke.

Treating Stroke

Dr. Christopher McCarty, radiologist with Lexington Radiology Associates at Lexington Medical Center, was a guest on WLTX this month to talk about stroke in South Carolina. In the segment below, he talks abut prevalence, signs, symptoms and treatment.

Here are some notes from the doctor:

~A stroke is a medical emergency marked by a sudden change in neurological function caused by the blockage of blood flow leading to the brain.

~Major risk factors include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes, smoking and an irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation.

~South Carolina has a high rate of stroke. It’s the 4th leading cause of death in our state.

~Signs that someone is suffering a stroke include face asymmetry or drooping of the face, arm weakness or numbness and slurred speech. These symptoms require timely treatment in order to preserve brain function.

~Doctors can give a drug called TPA that is a clot busting medicine if timely treatment is received.