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please provide some do's and don'ts for stroke patients.

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Dr. Orrin Ailloni-Charas
28 years experience Anesthesiology
If: If you think you are having a stroke, call 911 and go straight to the er.
Answered on Jun 13, 2014
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Dr. Tracy Berg
31 years experience General Surgery
Know: Know your blood pressure and cholesterol levels then get them down.
Answered on Apr 18, 2013
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Dr. Tracy Berg
31 years experience General Surgery
Stop: Stop smoking and using any nicotine products.
Answered on Mar 16, 2013
Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein
32 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Controlling: Controlling high blood pressure can reduce your risk of stroke.
Answered on Sep 29, 2016
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Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein
32 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Daily: Daily supplementation with omega-3 fish oil can reduce your risk of stroke.
Answered on Jul 12, 2014
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Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein
32 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Have: Have an annual physical to find any problems early.
Answered on Jun 15, 2014
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Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein
32 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Reducing: Reducing the amount of fat in your body can reduce the risk of stroke.
Answered on Apr 18, 2013
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Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein
32 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Regular: Regular aerobic exercise can reduce your risk of stroke.
Answered on May 20, 2013
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Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein
32 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Treat: Treat high blood pressure to lower the risk of stroke.
Answered on Jul 27, 2013
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Dr. James Henning
49 years experience Anesthesiology
A new TipTap: Aspirin on alternate days is hugely effective in preventing ischemic stroke, and lowering chd risks!
Answered on Jun 24, 2014
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Dr. James Henning
49 years experience Anesthesiology
A new TipTap: The initial and primary goal in treatment of stroke is brain injury prevention and reversal.
Answered on Jun 6, 2013
Dr. James Henning
49 years experience Anesthesiology
A new TipTap: Eliminate all risk factors for developing heart disease, diabetes and hypertension.
Answered on Jul 7, 2013
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Dr. James Henning
49 years experience Anesthesiology
A new TipTap: Be taken to an er as quickly as possible for tpa (alteplase) treatment. Minutes count and are precious!
Answered on Sep 29, 2016
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Dr. Peter Ihle
53 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
A new TipTap: It's a myth that: people can't get better after a stroke... It takes work and dedication.
Answered on Jul 4, 2015
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Dr. Andrew Oswari
23 years experience Family Medicine
A new TipTap: The first thing to do is call 911. Time is of the essence!
Answered on Jun 6, 2013
Dr. Andrew Oswari
23 years experience Family Medicine
A new TipTap: Control your cholesterol and high blood pressure.
Answered on Sep 29, 2016
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Dr. Andrew Oswari
23 years experience Family Medicine
A new TipTap: Baby Aspirin and a low fat diet.
Answered on Jul 26, 2015
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Dr. Andrew Oswari
23 years experience Family Medicine
A new TipTap: Calling 911 is the first and best thing to do if your think you are having a stroke.
Answered on Sep 29, 2016
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Dr. Kevin Olson
33 years experience Family Medicine
A new TipTap: Propioception exercises are good for stroke rehab.
Answered on Jun 6, 2013
Dr. Kevin Olson
33 years experience Family Medicine
A new TipTap: Metanx is a good food supplement before and after stroke.
Answered on Oct 21, 2013
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Dr. Kevin Olson
33 years experience Family Medicine
A new TipTap: Tumeric helps brain blood flow.
Answered on Apr 28, 2015
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Dr. Kevin Olson
33 years experience Family Medicine
A new TipTap: Both right brain and left brain activity are important before and after stroke.
Answered on Nov 17, 2013
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Dr. Kevin Olson
33 years experience Family Medicine
A new TipTap: Appropriate strength training is important after stroke.
Answered on Jun 15, 2013
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Dr. Liawaty Ho
22 years experience Hematology and Oncology
A new TipTap: 1. Maintain blood pressure level; 2. Control cholesterol level; 3. Know signs and symptoms of stroke.
Answered on Sep 29, 2016
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Dr. James Gagne
47 years experience Internal Medicine
1.: 1. Control high blood pressure. 2. Rehab intensively, lots of exercise/stretching within tolerance.
Answered on Sep 29, 2016
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Dr. Gregory Hines
23 years experience Family Medicine
Be: Be seen immediately, and preferably in an er within the first hour of having symptoms.
Answered on Jul 21, 2013
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Dr. Gregory Hines
23 years experience Family Medicine
Clot: Clot busting medications can be very effective, if given in the first 3 hours of having a stroke.
Answered on Jan 22, 2014
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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
49 years experience Internal Medicine
Family: Family history is another risk so if you have hypertension, treat it fully and daily meds.
Answered on Mar 16, 2013
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
49 years experience Internal Medicine
If: If physician states you have a high risk cholesterol problem, treat it aggressively.
Answered on Jan 7, 2015
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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
49 years experience Internal Medicine
Daily: Daily taking of medication to thin blood, control bp, lower cholesterol, light exercise.
Answered on Mar 20, 2013
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Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
Take: Take your meds, watch your fat intake, get aerobic exercise, avoid cigarette smoke, relax.
Answered on Oct 5, 2013
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Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
Take: Take preventative meds, get rehab such as pt, ot, speech therapies, and get exercise.
Answered on Sep 29, 2016
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
Control: Control blood pressure, do aerobic exercise, watch your weight, eat low fat foods, avoid smoking.
Answered on Apr 30, 2013
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
DO: Do - consider joining a support group for people who have had strokes. Support is crucial.
Answered on Jun 6, 2013
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
DON'T: Don't - smoke. Do - avoid second hand smoke.
Answered on Jul 16, 2013
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
DO: Do - work with your physician to maintain a healthy blood pressure range.
Answered on Jun 6, 2013
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
DO: Do - maintain a healthy cholesterol level with your physician's help.
Answered on Oct 28, 2013
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
DO: Do - keep diabetes well controlled if you have suffered a stroke.
Answered on Aug 29, 2017
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
DO: Do - be patient with yourself. It will take a while to adjust to new limitations.
Answered on Oct 22, 2013
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
DON'T: Don't - isolate. Continue to interact with family & friends & remain active.
Answered on Mar 28, 2013
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
DO: Do - educate yourself. Learn about the cause & treatment of strokes & about how others cope with it.
Answered on Sep 29, 2016
Dr. Francisco R. Rodriguez
8 years experience Urology
Eat: Eat healthy diet, avoid salt, check blood pressure, check blood sugar, cholesterol and triglycerides.
Answered on Sep 29, 2016
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Dr. Rahman Johnson
8 years experience Family Medicine
Early: Early recognition of signs of depression & treating it can have a great benefit on future health post-stroke.
Answered on Mar 20, 2013
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
12 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Don't: Don't let stroke related weakness stop you. Stay as active as possible.
Answered on May 7, 2013
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
If: If you are a male over 50, strive to take in at least 30 grams of fiber per day.
Answered on Jun 17, 2013
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
If: If you a woman who is over 50 with a history of strokes - eat at least 21 grams of fiber per day.
Answered on Jun 6, 2013
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
If: If you are a male who is 50 or under, take in at least 38 grams of fiber per day.
Answered on Sep 29, 2016
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
If: If you are woman who is 50 or younger, eat at least 25 grams of fiber per day.
Answered on Sep 29, 2016
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
High: High blood pressure can be a silent killer. Work closely with your doctor to maintain a good bp.
Answered on Sep 29, 2016
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
How: How can a loved one show you that they care? By not smoking! second-hand smoke is a serious problem.
Answered on Apr 2, 2013
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
When: When is it good to aim low? When you are referring to cholesterol level (200 mg/dl or below).
Answered on Jun 12, 2013
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Heavy: Heavy alcohol consumption & binge drinking increase your stroke risk. Keep a tight reign on alcohol use.
Answered on Sep 29, 2016
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Good: Good control of blood sugar is important to reduce risks for further strokes.
Answered on Jun 6, 2013
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Your: Your doctor needs to know if you have been on hormone replacement therapy.
Answered on Aug 17, 2014
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Physical: Physical activity is important. Talk to your doctor about any recommended exercise limitations.
Answered on Sep 29, 2016
Dr. Thomas Wright
28 years experience Phlebology
Controlling: Controlling diabetes , high blood pressure and high cholesterol all protect against strokes.
Answered on Feb 27, 2017
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Dr. Natarajan Raman
32 years experience Radiation Oncology
Exercise: Exercise daily, low fat diet and baby Aspirin will help keep you healthy and trim.
Answered on Jun 24, 2014
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Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
Triglyceride: Triglyceride elevation and homocysteine elevation seem risk factors in many stroke patients.
Answered on Jul 9, 2013
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Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
No: No smoking, control blood pressure, check for elevated triglycerides or homocysteine.
Answered on Jun 30, 2013
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Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
12 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Controlling: Controlling blood pressure is very important. Check it at home and keep it in check.
Answered on Sep 29, 2016
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Dr. Mitchell Vogel
29 years experience Ophthalmology
Take: Take your meds. Do not smoke! never stop your rehab please.
Answered on Sep 29, 2016
Dr. Lawrence Smith
29 years experience Clinical Psychology
Myth:: Myth: young people who are not overweight cannot have a stroke. Time is critical. Call 911.
Answered on Sep 29, 2016
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Dr. Lawrence Smith
29 years experience Clinical Psychology
If: If you think someone is experiencing stroke symptoms (face, arm, speech), call 9-1-1 immediately.
Answered on Sep 29, 2016
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Dr. Glenn MacFarlane
35 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Have: Have an oral exam done to determine if you have gum disease. Gum disease has systemic manifestations.
Answered on Jul 31, 2013
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Dr. Linda Gromko
47 years experience Family Medicine
Controlling: Controlling high blood pressure helps to prevent stroke.
Answered on Jun 6, 2013
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
12 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Do: Do call 911 for any symptom of a stroke! don't wait. The shorter the time, the more treatment options.
Answered on Jun 20, 2013
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Dr. Mitchell Vogel
29 years experience Ophthalmology
Stop: Stop smoking. Watch your blood pressure.
Answered on Mar 28, 2013
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
12 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Quit: Quit smoking. People that smoke have about 2 times the chance of getting a stroke.
Answered on Jun 6, 2013
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Dr. Scott Bobbitt
31 years experience Dentistry
Call: Call 911 if "fast" : face droop, arm dropped to side, speech slurred, time is of the essence. Asap!
Answered on Sep 29, 2016
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Dr. Robert Binford
37 years experience Thoracic Surgery
IF: If you suspect a stroke then get to er asap. There is a very small window to get clot busting drugs.
Answered on Mar 28, 2013
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
Eat: Eat healthy food, avoid smoking, drink a little red wine, have olive oil.
Answered on Jun 6, 2013
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Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
Be: Be compliant with your meds, don't be afraid to exercise, and do not gain weight.
Answered on Mar 30, 2013
Dr. Susan Wingo
32 years experience Endocrinology
Learn: Learn to recognize stroke: any sudden change in vision, speaking, muscle strength may be stroke.
Answered on Jan 5, 2014
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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
40 years experience Internal Medicine
Sudden: Sudden loss of vision in one eye or the other may be a stoke.
Answered on Sep 23, 2013
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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
40 years experience Internal Medicine
Numbness: Numbness or paralysis on one side of your body or the other may be a stroke.
Answered on Feb 20, 2015
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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
40 years experience Internal Medicine
Droopiness: Droopiness on one side or the other of your face may be a stroke.
Answered on Sep 29, 2016
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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
40 years experience Internal Medicine
Loss: Loss of speech may be a stroke.
Answered on Jun 6, 2013
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Dr. Susan Wingo
32 years experience Endocrinology
Preventing: Preventing additional strokes is very important!
Answered on Apr 6, 2014
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Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
Once: Once stroke has occurred, have ongoing checkups, take anti-platelet and anti-lipid drugs.
Answered on Jun 6, 2013
Dr. Susan Wingo
32 years experience Endocrinology
Nothing: Myth: nothing can be done. Fact: clot-busters can sometimes keep symptoms from becoming permanent.
Answered on Sep 29, 2016
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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
40 years experience Internal Medicine
For: For those at risk for stroke, Aspirin significantly reduces the risk.
Answered on Sep 29, 2016
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Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
Have: Have routine doctor visits to check for developing stroke risk factors.
Answered on Sep 29, 2016
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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
40 years experience Internal Medicine
Carotid: Carotid endarterectomy is effective for recurrent stroke prevention when there is artery blockage.
Answered on Jan 14, 2018
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Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
High: High triglyceride levels increase stroke risk more than high cholesterol levels.
Answered on Sep 29, 2016
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Dr. Susan Wingo
32 years experience Endocrinology
Therapy: Therapy can help recover lost function.
Answered on Sep 29, 2016
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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
40 years experience Internal Medicine
If: If you get to the er quickly after you notice the problem a stroke may be reversible.
Answered on Jun 6, 2013
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Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
Ritalin (methylphenidate): Ritalin (methylphenidate) is useful in speech therapy rehab to speed recovery.
Answered on Sep 29, 2016
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Dr. Roger Palutsis
35 years experience Sports Medicine
1:: 1. Monitor blood pressure 2. Take baby Aspirin 3. Review family history 4. Discuss with family md.
Answered on Sep 29, 2016
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Dr. Eric Farbman
25 years experience Neurology
*: Stop smoking. Exercise daily. Daily aspirin. Control of: blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes.
Answered on Sep 29, 2016
Dr. Eric Farbman
25 years experience Neurology
Take: Take an Aspirin and get to the emergency room immediately.
Answered on Jun 24, 2014
Dr. Cory Annis
28 years experience Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Know/control: Know/control your blood pressure! know/control your blood pressure! know/control your blood pressure!
Answered on Sep 29, 2016
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Dr. Thomas Namey
47 years experience Rheumatology
ARBS: Angiotensin receptor blockers have been shown to protect the brain more than other classes of anti-hypertensives!
Answered on Feb 21, 2015
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Chili: Chili peppers spice up your meal & can help to prevent stroke. (reduce clots!).
Answered on Sep 29, 2016
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Dr. William Gaya
28 years experience Neurology
Brain: Brain plasticity, aggressive rehabilitation, social support and patient's motivation are key factors.
Answered on May 20, 2013
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Dr. Thomas Wright
28 years experience Phlebology
Vitamin: Vitamin and antioxidant supplements do not prevent strokes.
Answered on Aug 31, 2013
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Dr. Thomas Wright
28 years experience Phlebology
Following: Following a mediterranean diet reduces the risk of stroke.
Answered on Jan 7, 2017
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Dr. Thomas Namey
47 years experience Rheumatology
Very: Very low vit. D levels are associated with a 22-64% increase in stroke! take vit. D3 2000 iu/day!
Answered on Apr 30, 2014
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Dr. Thomas Namey
47 years experience Rheumatology
Minocycline,: Minocycline, an antibiotic, given immediately after stroke, improves recovery & outcome!
Answered on Jul 24, 2013
Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
28 years experience Pain Management
Do: Do go to the hospital right away, even if weakness or speech impairment has resolved, go to er.
Answered on Jul 24, 2013
Dr. Hashmat Rajput
38 years experience Internal Medicine
Act: Act fast if you see facial drooping, arm not moving, speech slurred, because time is of the essence.
Answered on Mar 28, 2014
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Dr. Manoj Mittal
15 years experience Neurology
Apple: Apple a day keeps the stroke away!
Answered on Aug 14, 2013
Dr. Thomas Wright
28 years experience Phlebology
To: To added sodium in your diet say....Na! [pronounced nah] instead say k to potassium!
Answered on Aug 17, 2013
Dr. Thomas Wright
28 years experience Phlebology
A: A diet high in antioxidant-rich fruit linked to 43% reduced risk of abdominal aortic aneurysms (aaa).
Answered on Jan 20, 2018
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Dr. Caroline Cribari
22 years experience Psychiatry
Aspirin: Aspirin (81mg/day); exercise/body movement; omega 3 fatty acids (1200mg epa/day taken with a meal).
Answered on May 8, 2016
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Dr. Thomas Wright
28 years experience Phlebology
Quit: Quit smoking. Male, female smokers face same stroke risk. One way women don't want to be equal.
Answered on Aug 11, 2014
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Dr. Thomas Wright
28 years experience Phlebology
Male,: Male, female smokers face same stroke risk. One way women don't want to be equal. Quit if you can!
Answered on Dec 9, 2016
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Dr. Thomas Wright
28 years experience Phlebology
Treatment: Treatment with in 90 mins of stroke with clot busters linked to better outcomes.
Answered on Aug 25, 2013
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Dr. Thomas Wright
28 years experience Phlebology
TPA, (alteplase): Tpa, (alteplase) a blood clot buster, given w/ in 90 mins of symptoms has best chance of reversing a stroke.
Answered on Aug 25, 2013
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Dr. Thomas Wright
28 years experience Phlebology
TPA, (alteplase): Tpa, (alteplase) a blood clot buster, if given w/ in 90 mins of symptoms gives the best chance of full recovery.
Answered on Aug 25, 2013
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Dr. Marc Bloom
43 years experience Anesthesiology
If: If you get to a hospital & get treated for a stroke in less than 3 hours your recovery is greater.
Answered on Sep 22, 2013
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Dr. William Harris
32 years experience Family Medicine
When: When treating atrial fibrillation: 1st, control rate; 2nd, anticoagulate; 3rd, normalize rhythm.
Answered on Sep 23, 2013
Dr. Robert Kent
11 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
If: If you have spasticity, make sure to ask your physician if botulinum toxin could help!
Answered on Feb 2, 2014

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