Talking Stroke with Jennifer Majersik, M.D.

Talking Stroke with Jennifer Majersik, M.D.

Jennifer Majersik, M.D. talks About Stroke on Good Things Utah

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Neurology - Stroke

Stroke

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Stroke, also called brain attack, occurs when blood flow to the brain is disrupted. Disruption in blood flow is caused when either a blood clot or piece of plaque blocks one of the vital blood vessels in the brain (ischemic stroke), or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts, spilling blood into surrounding tissues (hemorrhagic stroke).  
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Knows the Signs of Stroke: Act F.A.S.T.

Stroke is the fourth-leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of disability. Know these warning signs of stroke and teach them to others. Every second counts even if the symptoms subside.

  • FACE - Does one side droop?
  • ARMS - Does one arm drift downward?
  • SPEECH - Are words slurred or mispronounced?
  • TIME - Time lost is brain lost. Call 911 immediately if you experience any of these symptoms.  
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Risk Factors for Stroke

Evaluating the risk for stroke is based on heredity, natural processes, and lifestyle. Many risk factors for stroke can be changed or managed, while others that relate to hereditary or natural processes cannot be changed.  Here are some examples of each:

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Age, race, gender
  • Where a person lives
  • Socioeconomic factors  
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