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According to the American Stroke Association, stroke is the #5 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the U.S. The risk increases due to high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, diseases of the arteries, or heart disease, or for those who smoke, are obese, or who live a sedentary lifestyle. The good news, though, is that 80% of strokes are preventable.
So, do you know how to spot a stroke? Usually, it comes down to specific symptoms: intense headache, sudden confusion, difficulty finding words, lack of balance, or sudden numbness or tingling on one side of the body. But it’s what you do next – according to Amy Hua, DO, neurologist at White Plains Hospital Medical & Wellness in Armonk – that can mean the difference between complete recovery and lifelong impairment.
“With a stroke, minutes matter and the longer a person waits to get to the hospital, the more chance they have of developing a permanent disability,” says Dr. Hua.
If you suspect a stroke in progress, call 911 immediately. Being treated at a designated Stroke Center can positively impact outcome. White Plains Hospital is home to Westchester County’s first New York State designated Regional Stroke Center, and has been repeatedly recognized by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association for providing the most appropriate stroke treatment, according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence