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    Published on May 02, 2022

    Forrest General Hospital Wants To Help You Win the Race Against Stroke

    HATTIESBURG, Miss. – (May 2, 2022) Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and disability in the United States. And at Forrest General Hospital, we want our community to set the pace for stroke prevention.

    In fact, an estimated 80 percent of strokes may be prevented through making healthy choices. High blood pressure is the single most important treatable risk factor for stroke. Preventing, diagnosing, and controlling high blood pressure through lifestyle changes and medication are critical to reducing stroke risks. There are several pit stops you can make to reduce your risk for stroke:

    • Fuel your body with a healthy, low-sodium diet and lots of fruits and vegetables.
    • Decrease the amount of cholesterol and saturated fat in your diet.
    • Maintain a healthy weight. Be physically active.
    • Don’t smoke or use drugs. Avoid secondhand smoke and limit alcohol use.
    • Prevent or manage your other health conditions especially high cholesterol, diabetes, and obesity.

    Get in the driver’s seat by taking our Stroke Community Education Quiz at forresthealth.org/stroke for a chance to win a massage from Forrest General Wellness.

    If you suspect a stroke, remember B.E. F.A.S.T and Dial, Don’t Drive.

    When it comes to having a stroke, every minute counts. Quick action can help stroke patients get the treatment they need to survive and reduce damage to the brain. But these days you need to B.E. F.A.S.T.

    During May, National Stroke Month, physicians at Forrest General’s Primary Stroke Center and the American Stroke Association want you to know that while the F.A.S.T. (Face Drooping, Arm Weakness, Speech Difficulty, Time to Call 911) acronym once provided a helpful way to determine if a person was having an acute stroke, B.E. (Balance, Eyes) has been added to provide even more assistance in making that determination. Balance refers to a sudden loss of balance or coordination, while the E means a sudden change in vision or trouble seeing.

    “Identifying issues with balance or visual loss as possible stroke symptoms increases the number of people who may be eligible to receive acute stroke treatment,” said Dana Crawford, stroke coordinator.

    According to the Center for Disease Control, more than 3 out of 5 people are aware of all major stroke symptoms and know to call 9-1-1 when someone is having a stroke, but there’s more work to do. While about 1 in 4 stroke survivors suffers a second stroke, it doesn’t have to be that way. Reduce your risk. Work with your doctor to create a secondary stroke prevention plan and stick with it.

    Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke. The faster the stroke is treated, the more likely the patient is to recover. In fact, stroke patients who are treated with a clot-busting drug within 90 minutes of their first symptoms were almost three times more likely to recover with little or no disability, according to the American Stroke Association.

    Signs of a stroke in men and women include:

    • Sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body.
    • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking, or difficulty understanding speech.
    • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
    • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance, or lack of coordination.
    • Sudden severe headache with no known cause.

    By knowing the signs and symptoms of a stroke, you can take quick action and perhaps save a life – maybe even your own.

    Be a winner in Stroke Prevention.

    For more information or to take the Stroke Community Education Quiz, visit forrestgeneral.com/stroke.

    If you would like to view additional photos and videos from Forrest Health, please visit our media page at https://media.forresthealth.org/.

    Forrest General is home to a Primary Stroke Center, which features a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department.

    With a highly-specialized acute rehabilitation center, Forrest General offers a variety of services. For more information about inpatient rehabilitation at Forrest General’s Rehabilitation Center, call 601-288-3800.


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