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Neurologist, Bronson Neuroscience Center – Battle Creek
    What is a stroke? A stroke happens when blood flow to the brain stops. There are two types of stroke: ischemic and hemorrhagic.
Reduce Your Stroke Risk –
Other stroke symptoms include:
• Sudden numbness or weakness of the
• Ischemic stroke is caused when plaque or clots block a blood vessel in your brain or neck. It is the most common type of stroke.
• Sudden trouble seeing in one or both
• Hemorrhagic stroke is caused when a vessel in your brain breaks causing bleeding in the brain.
loss of balance or coordination. • Sudden severe headache with no
Risk Factors – Some stroke risk factors can be controlled, and some cannot. Risk factors you cannot control include:
• Advanced age: most strokes occur in
If you smoke, stop.
If you drink alcohol, no more than two drinks per day.
Find out if you have high cholesterol.
The Bronson Healthcare system treats the full spectrum of neurological conditions and offers advanced stroke treatment. At Bronson Battle Creek, doctors initiate the clot-busting drug tPA (tissue plasminogen activator) to patients in the emergency department, then send them to Bronson Methodist Hospital – recognized by the Joint Commission as a Comprehensive Stroke Center – for more complex emergency stroke treatment.
Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death
in the United States, and is the leading cause of serious, long-term disability. During this unprecedented
Act FAST to Recognize Stroke Symptoms – To assess whether you or someone 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 in front. Does one arm drift downward?
S – Speech: Ask the person to complete 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 important. Call 911 immediately and get to a hospital fast. Brain cells are dying.
people age 65 years or older, but they
can occur at any age.
• Family history of stroke.
• Ethnicity: African-
If so, work with your doctor to control it.
Are You Experiencing A Stroke? Act F.A.S.T.
  BRONSON NEUROSCIENCE CENTER – Battle Creek is located at 300 North Ave. Learn more about stroke care at Bronson, at or call (269) 245-5862 with questions.
 time, we have seen a trend of patients not seeking care at Bronson when they’re having stroke symptoms. This can be a serious problem because one of the key factors to not experiencing long-term disability from a stroke is to Act F.A.S.T. and get to a hospital quickly. Two million brain cells die every minute during a stroke.
• Blood pressure levels • Atrial fibrillation
• Cholesterol levels
• Diabetes
Lifestyle choices that increase stroke risk include:
• Tobacco use or smoking
• Alcohol use
• Being overweight
Many people don’t know their risk factors for stroke. Risk factors can often be controlled or eliminated, which is one of the best ways to prevent stroke. In fact, up to eighty percent of strokes can be prevented by doing this. Take these steps to help lower your stroke risk:
• Sudden confusion or trouble
• •
• •
Know your blood pressure. If high, work with your doctor to lower it. Ask your doctor if you have atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat).
known cause.
• Sudden trouble walking, dizziness,
 Americans have a
• If you are diabetic, work
higher stroke risk. • Gender: women
with your
doctor to control your diabetes.
Rehabilitation is vital to the recovery of stroke survivors. Patients can increase their strength, flexibility, and endurance during rehabilitation. If needed, patients can re-learn basic skills during rehabilitation such as talking, eating, dressing, and walking. Treatment includes speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. It is tailored to meet each patient’s needs.
have more strokes than men, and stroke kills more women than men.
• Include
• Prior stroke or heart attack .
exercise and physical activities
Some conditions that increase your stroke risk can be managed with the help of your doctor:
• Enjoy a lower salt, lower fat diet.
you enjoy in your daily routine.
Ask your doctor how you can lower your stroke risk.

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