Takeaways from Dr. Nahab’s “Stroke Awareness Month” Live Chat

StrokeThank you to everyone who joined us for the live web chat hosted by Emory Stroke Center Medical Director, Dr. Fadi Nahab. Dr. Nahab discussed the signs and symptoms of stroke, as well as treatments, recovery options and prevention.

Get more info and see more of Dr. Nahab’s answers by checking out the chat transcript!

Below are just a few of the questions and answers from the Emory Stroke Center’s live chat:

Question: Are there any preventative measures that you recommend to the general population?

Fadi Nahab, MDDr. Nahab: Definitely! First, if you’re actively smoking, it’s very important to stop as soon as possible. Secondly, dietary factors play a major role in our risk of having a stroke or heart attack. Low salt, limited fried food, high dietary fiber, and nuts can have an important effect. Fish that are high in omega-3 fats, such as salmon or tuna, should be consumed at least two times a week because of its beneficial effects. Limiting sugary beverages (specifically soda and sweet tea) also helps reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. A third factor is increasing moderate exercise/activity to at least 20 min. daily. 20 min. represents the smallest amount we should be doing for heart attack and stroke prevention. The last four factors include control of blood pressure to a target of less than 120/80, control of cholesterol to a target of total cholesterol less than 200 mg/dl, blood glucose to a target fasting level less than 100, and a target weight using body mass index (BMI) less than 25. Body mass index can be calculated as your weight in kilograms divided by your height in meters squared. A recent study showed that each additional factor you achieve results in an 8% lower risk of stroke.

Question: Do you have advice for preventing hemorrhagic stroke recurrence?

Fadi Nahab, MDDr. Nahab: The best way to prevent a hemorrhagic stroke is to monitor your blood pressure and make sure it’s below 130/80. I often encourage patients to check their blood pressure twice a day, in the morning and evening before meals, sitting down with your arm rested on a table. It’s an important investment to have a blood pressure machine. Without checking your blood pressure, you can miss detecting high blood pressure until it’s too late. For patients who have a hemorrhagic stroke related to a blood vessel problem in the brain, there are very good treatments for reducing the risk of a recurring hemorrhagic stroke. At Emory, we are one of the largest volume hemorrhagic stroke centers in the country and use cutting-edge technology to treat aneurysms and other blood vessel abnormalities.

If you missed this informative chat with Dr. Nahab, be sure to check out the full list of questions and answers on the web transcript. Be sure to visit our website for more information about stroke prevention and treatment at the Emory Stroke Center. If you have any questions for the doctor, do not hesitate to leave a comment in our comments area below.

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