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OhioHealth Medical Minute: Stroke And Luke Perry

Medical Minute Stroke

The death of actor Luke Perry earlier this month was a huge shock for so many fans. Perry was just 52 years old and suffered a massive stroke.  For many, this served as a reminder that stroke can hit at any time, and get impact people of all ages.  While this death if certainly tragic, it can serve as a chance to learn more about stroke, and how to avoid the the 5th leading cause of death and disability in the United States.

"If you are a smoker, you need to stop now, and if you are considering starting, don't," Dr. B.J. Hicks, a vascular neurologist with OhioHealth said.  "It is critically important for you to know your numbers. What is your blood pressure, what is your cholesterol?  Both can be an indicator of what might be lurking," Dr. Hicks said.

When it comes to symptoms to be aware of, and what to do, Dr. Hicks suggests learning BE FAST.

B - Balance. If you notice you or your loved one is struggling with balance, it's time to act.

E - Eyes. If someone is struggling with focus, or the eyes are drifting, it's time to act.

F - Face. If one side of the face is drooping, it's time to act.

A - Arms. If someone is struggling to raise one arm, or leg, that can be a warning sign.

S - Speech. If someone is having a tough time with speech, slurring words, or putting sentences together, it's time to act.

T - Time. If you have some of these signs, don't wait. Call 911, get an ambulance there. Time matters with stroke.

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