A phone conversation between old friends results in lifesaving care.
Strolling through the Geauga County Fair on August 31, 2018, George and Kathleen Poyar stopped for a free blood pressure check at Lake Health’s exhibitor tent. Wellness nurse Barb Lieske, RN, took George’s readings―twice. Then she turned to George and asked, “Did you know you have an irregular heartbeat?”
A stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain is blocked or bursts, depriving the brain of oxygen. Brain damage can occur within minutes.
Stroke is the nation’s leading cause of adult disability and the third leading cause of death. Early diagnosis and treatment can help lessen a stroke’s long-term effects and increase the chances of survival. Many people having a stroke can’t help themselves. That’s why you should learn the symptoms of a stroke and act FAST*.
Blood pressure is considered normal or healthy when it’s below 120/80, according to the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC). Both organizations now define high blood pressure as anything over 130/80, down from 140/90.
Why is it important to keep track of your blood pressure? Neelima Rao, MD, explains:
Anyone can suffer a stroke, but there are several factors that put you at higher risk. Family health history, blood pressure and ethnicity are all factors that impact your chances of having a stroke.
A stroke is a true medical emergency. Strokes happen when a blood vessel in your brain is blocked or bursts, depriving the brain of oxygen. Just as oxygen-starved heart muscle dies during a heart attack, brain damage can occur within minutes of a stroke. Could you spot a stroke?