Sunday October 29, 2017
“There are over 750,000 strokes a year in the United States which makes this a significant health problem”, says Dr. Acevedo, but there is hope. Dr. Acevedo goes on to discuss how it is an exciting time for hospitals and the community because many times strokes can be recognized and prevented. Many risk factors for strokes can be recognized and prevented.
With the significance of stroke it is very important to educate not just those who are at risk for stroke, but the community as a whole. Dr. Acevedo discusses the importance of time and how “time is brain” which is a phrase commonly used in stroke neurology because almost 2 million brain cells can die off each minute a patient is suffering from a stroke. “Similar to hurricane preparedness, we have a hurricane plan, we can also have a stroke plan” says Dr. Acevedo in planning for a stroke in the event this does occur.
Planning for a stroke begins with awareness and understanding the signs and symptoms of a stroke. The acronym F.A.S.T. (Face, Arms, Speech, Time is of the essence) is commonly used to educate and reinforce community awareness of what to look if a stroke is occurring. Dr. Acevodo shares that while awareness is importance, it is also important to understand the risk factors for stroke such as: smoking, age, alcohol, high blood pressure, diabetes and even the types of medications someone is one such as any form of blood thinners or anticoagulants that the patient may be on. Knowing these risk factors can be of great importance to help a patient manage them and reduce a risk of stroke.
When asked about new developments in stroke care, Dr. Acevedo went on to discuss new interventional processes and procedures to treat and help patients who has suffered a stroke. “We now have the capabilities to remove a clot from a patient’s brain within minutes of losing their speech and they are able to speak again shortly thereafter” says Dr. Acevedo with regards to the latest in technological advances in stroke over the past several years.