WHAG'S Carmen Chau sat down with Tom Shupp, the program coordinator of Frederick Memorial Hospital's Stroke and Chest Pain Centers to discuss the dangers of a stroke and how it can be prevented.
A stroke happens when blood flow to a part of the brain stops. If the blood flow is stopped longer than a few seconds, the brain cannot get blood and oxygen. Brain cells can die, causing permanent damage.
The good news - most strokes are preventable and it all starts with several factors that can reduce the risk:
- Be aware of your blood pressure
- Be aware of an abnormal heartbeat
- Stop smoking
- Control your alcohol consumption
- Be aware of your cholesterol levels
- Control your diabetes
- Exercise more
- Treat circulation problems
Frederick Memorial Hospital has a stroke center that is on standby to treat any stroke. For more information, click here.
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