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As one of the leading causes of death in the United States, recognizing the signs of stroke may save your life. Learn more about the warning signs and talk to your doctor about tips and tricks to stay healthy.
On average, one American dies from stroke every four minutes.
A stroke happens when blood flow to the brain stops. There are two types of stroke: ischemic and hemorrhagic. • Ischemic stroke is caused when
important to call 9-1-1 right away so first responders can make sure the Stroke Team at Bronson Battle Creek
is ready the moment you arrive. Once you get to the hospital, doctors will initiate the clot-busting drug tPA (tissue plasminogen activator) in the emergen- cy department. If more complex stroke treatment is needed, you’ll be quickly transferred to a team of stroke special- ists Bronson Methodist Hospital.
During a stroke, time is vital. It’s important to call 9-1-1 right away.
To help someone who’s had a stroke, it’s always been important to know when the stroke happened. In the past, if you didn’t treat someone within six hours of a stroke, it was no longer safe to treat them. Today, time is still critical to save brain cells. However, using a new advanced imaging tech- nology called RAPIDTM, I can quickly and easily take a picture of someone’s brain and see if it’s still safe to remove the clot – regardless of if it’s been six hours or 24 hours.
If you or a loved one has experi- enced a stroke, the recovery can feel lonely at times. But it doesn’t have
to. Join the Bronson Stroke Survivor Monthly Support Group to learn more about the effects of stroke, tools for coping, and resources for survivors and caregivers. Each month speakers pres- ent on a variety of topics, education, and open discussion related to stroke.
levels, atrial fibrillation, cholesterol
levels, and diabetes.
• Lifestyle choices: tobacco use or
smoking and alcohol use.
Reduce Your Stroke Risk
You can take steps to help lower your stroke risk:
• Know your blood pressure. If high,
Support After a Stroke
work with your doctor to lower it. • Ask your doctor if you have atrial
fibrillation (irregular heartbeat).
• If you smoke, stop.
• If you drink alcohol, limit to no more
than two drinks per day.
• Find out if you have high cholesterol.
If so, work with your doctor to con-
trol it.
• If you are diabetic, work with your
At the support group, you will:
• Find someone who understands what
doctor to control your overall blood
• Move more. Include exercise and
you’ve been through.
• Find out that you’re are not alone in
physical activities you enjoy in your
this recovery process – many people
daily routine.
• Enjoy a lower salt, lower fat diet.
• Ask your doctor how you can lower
of all ages have traveled this road.
• Not only learn from others, but also
your stroke risk.
teach them something valuable.
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American Cancer Society Freshstart
Smoking & Tobacco Cessation Program
Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 7-16, 2 to 3 p.m.
Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center
300 North Ave., Battle Creek
Free. Let our experts help you kick the habit for good! Program consists of four sessions and you must attend all four. Learn more and register at or call (269) 341-7723.
American Lung Association Better Breathers Club
Thursday, May 9, 2 to 3 p.m.
Bronson Battle Creek Outpatient Center
300 North Ave., Battle Creek
Free. Diagnosed with COPD or another chronic lung disease? Join us to learn ways to better manage your illness while receiving support from others who share in your experiences. No registration required.
Free Vein Screening
Friday, May 10, 9 to 11:30 a.m.
Bronson Vein Clinic
363 Fremont St., Suite 101, Battle Creek
Free. Appointments are required. If you have medical or cosmetic vein problems, get a free screening today! Visit or call (269) 341-7333.
11th Annual Cancer Care Spring Fling
Friday, May 10, 6 to 10 p.m.
FireKeepers Casino Hotel
11177 E. Michigan Ave., Battle Creek
Join us for a gala in support of those battling cancer in our communities. Tickets are $75 and include hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, live music, a silent auction and a raffle for a two-year lease on a 2019 Toyota Camry SE. Learn more and purchase tickets at
What is Robotic-Assisted Knee Replacement?
Tuesday, May 14, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Kool Family Community Center, 200 W. Michigan Ave., Battle Creek Tuesday, May 14, 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Albion District Library, 501 S. Superior St., Albion
Free. Join Dr. Joseph Burkhardt for a presentation on treatment options for knee pain and joint replacement surgery. Registration required. Visit, or call (269) 441-0948 (Battle Creek) or (800) 451-6310 (Albion).
Signs & Symptoms of Stroke
Thursday, May 16, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Kool Family Community Center
200 W. Michigan Ave., Battle Creek
Free. Do you know that stroke is highly treatable if you Act F.A.S.T.? Learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of a stroke. Register at or call (269) 441-0948.
Grandparents 101/Baby Basics
Thursdays, May 23 and 30, 6 to 9 p.m.
Bronson Battle Creek Outpatient Center
300 North Ave., Battle Creek
$30. Learn the basics of baby care and safety. Register at or call (800) 451-6310.
Bronson o ers several support groups, including options for stroke, heart and vascular, cancer and more. Support groups are free to attend. Learn more at
By: Dr. Martinson Arnan, Special to Senior Times
What Is a Stroke?
plaque or clots block a blood vessel in your brain or neck. It is the most common type of stroke.
• Hemorrhagic stroke is caused when a vessel in your brain breaks causing bleeding in the brain.
Risk Factors
• Advanced age: most strokes occur in people age 65 years or older, but they can occur at any age.
• Family history of stroke.
• Ethnicity: African-Americans have a
higher stroke risk.
• Gender: women have more strokes
New Technology Helps Save More of Your Brain
than men, and stroke kills more
women than men.
• Being overweight.
• Prior stroke or heart attack.
• Medical conditions: blood pressure
Act FAST to Recognize Stroke Symptoms
The support groups meet on the third Thursday each month. In Battle Creek, it’s led by Susan VanderWeide, RN. For more information, call (269) 441-0957. In Kalamazoo, it’s led by Jamie Warner, RN, stroke nurse navi- gator at Bronson Neuroscience Center. For more information, call (269) 341-7500.
Free Stroke Events in Battle Creek Signs and Symptoms of Stroke
May 16, 11:30am-1pm
Kool Family Community Center Register at Dr. Simeon Zou, neurologist at Bronson Neuroscience Center – Battle Creek, will explain stroke risk factors, how to manage those risks in everyday life, and the signs and symptoms of stroke. The program is free and a box lunch will be served. Register at
To assess whether you or some- one you love is having a stroke, Act F.A.S.T.
F – Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
A – Arms: Ask the person to hold up both arms. Does one arm drift down- ward?
S – Speech: Ask the person to com- plete a simple sentence like, “John and Jane went on a picnic.” Are the words slurred? Does the person repeat the sentence correctly?
T – Time: If the person shows any of these symptoms, time is very import- ant. Call 9-1-1 immediately and get to a hospital fast. Brain cells are dying.
Stroke Survivor Support Group
Call 9-1-1 and Get to a Hospital Fast
Martinson Arnan, vascular neurol- ogist, Bronson Neuroscience Center, is the medical director of stroke at Bronson.
During a stroke, time is vital. It’s
May 16, 1-2pm YMCA of Battle Creek

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