Bumrungrad Health Briefs #24: Stroke Awareness Saves Lives: Prevent and Recognize FAST

Stroke stands as one of the leading causes of disability worldwide, making awareness, early detection, and prevention critically important. A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of your brain is interrupted or reduced, preventing brain tissue from getting oxygen and nutrients. Brain cells are sensitive to hypoxia (lack of oxygen) and begin to perish in minutes—a medical emergency requiring prompt treatment.

Signs and Symptoms to Watch For:

-         Sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body.

-         Confusion, trouble speaking, or difficulty understanding speech.

-         Trouble seeing in one or both eyes.

-         Trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance, or lack of coordination.

-         Severe headache with no known cause.

Remember the acronym FAST—Face drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulties, Time to call emergency services—if you suspect a stroke.

Prevention Tips:

-         Maintain a healthy diet.

-         Exercise regularly.

-         Avoid smoking.

-         Limit alcohol consumption.

-         Control your blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

The Stroke Work-up Package at the Bumrungrad Neuroscience Center evaluates the risk of stroke. We recommend it for people who have a family history of stroke or have a heart condition, hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, and smoke frequently.

The Bumrungrad Neuroscience Center is equipped with cutting-edge technology and a multidisciplinary team of experts committed to providing patient-centered care. Our hospital offers advanced diagnostic tools for rapid stroke identification, essential for timely and effective treatment. We employ state-of-the-art therapies, tailored to each patient's unique condition.

Our commitment to excellence in patient care, rehabilitation, and prevention strategies positions Bumrungrad International Hospital as a leading healthcare provider in stroke management.

Provided by Dr. Roekchai Tulyapronchote


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