Understanding a stroke

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Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in America and a leading cause of adult disability.  Yet, research shows that too few people know what a stroke is and how to recognize when stroke is happening.

Learn more about stroke, how to prevent a stroke from happening to you, and  how learning the signs and symptoms could save the life of your loved ones.

What is a stroke?

A stroke happens when blood flow to an area of the brain is cut off.  Brain cells are deprived of oxygen and begin to die.  A stroke can cause you to permanently loose speech, movement and memory.  Read more about what a stroke is, types, and signs and symptoms of a stroke.

Recognizing Stroke

Each year about 185,000 people die from a stroke. By learning the many warning signs of a stroke – you can help save a life.

Preventing Stroke

Up to 80 percent of strokes can be prevented. Stroke can happen to anyone—at any time and any age. Arming yourself with information about stroke prevention is the first step in saving your life and the life of your loved ones.

 Impact of Stroke

With nearly 7 million stroke survivors and as fifth leading cause of death, stroke has a large impact on society. Learn more about the impact of stroke on women, minorities, and kids.

Grapes are good!

The Great Grape Debate

Posted by Teresa Bitler

You’ve probably heard that drinking red wine in moderation can help reduce your risk of heart attack, blood clots and, according to some studies, even stroke. But, did you know that grapes and grape juice may have some of the same health benefits?

Grapes as a Super Food

Red and purple-skinned grapes, especially Concord grapes, are high in antioxidants, which have been shown to:
• Protect against heart disease
• Reduce blood clot formation
• Prevent damage caused by oxygen radicals
• Inhibit cell proliferation and cancer
• Lower blood pressure and cholesterol

Unfortunately, you may not experience the benefits by simply increasing your intake of seedless table grapes since a grape’s antioxidants are mainly found in the seeds and skins. For an antioxidant boost, consume dark-skinned, seeded varieties.

Want an additional health benefit? Eating grapes provides the dietary fiber you won’t get from juice.

The Health Benefits of Grape Juice

Don’t count juice out, though. Concord grape juice actually has more antioxidants than the fruit itself since, during the crushing process, the fruit is pulverized along with the seeds, skin, and stems (also high in antioxidants) before it’s pressed and strained.

While research suggests that Concord grape juice has similar health benefits to wine, it has half of the polyphenols, a type of antioxidant, by volume as red wine, meaning that you would have to consume twice as much grape juice to produce the same effect you get from red wine.

However, grape juice hydrates you versus dehydrates you as alcohol can.

The Health Benefits of Red Wine

Red wine is more than just grape juice that has become alcohol. It’s more concentrated—each ounce of wine contains about one and a half ounces of grapes—and the alcohol magnifies the polyphenols, so you get even more antioxidants. Additionally, researchers believe that the alcohol in red wine may help the body absorb more of the antioxidants from the food you eat while drinking it.

But, moderation—one 5-ounce serving per day for woman, two for men— is the key. Drinking in moderation can decrease your risk of heart attack and stroke while drinking in excess can increase your risk.

The Best Choice for You

Even though red wine has the highest concentration of antioxidants, it’s not the best choice for everyone. For the best recommendation, be sure to discuss the antioxidant benefits of grapes with your doctor.

Fact or Myth……

 


MYTH


FACT

MYTH: Stroke cannot be prevented. FACT: Up to 80 percent of strokes are preventable.
MYTH: There is no treatment for stroke. FACT: At any sign of stroke call 9-1-1- immediately. Treatment may be available.
MYTH: Stroke only affects the elderly. FACT: Stroke can happen to anyone at any time.
MYTH: Stroke happens in the heart. FACT: Stroke is a “brain attack”.
MYTH: Stroke recovery only happens for the first few months after a stroke. FACT: Stroke recovery is a lifelong process.
MYTH: Strokes are rare. FACT: There are nearly 7 million stroke survivors in the U.S. Stroke is the 4th leading cause of death in the U.S.
MYTH: Strokes are not hereditary. FACT: Family history of stroke increases your chance for stroke.
MYTH: If stroke symptoms go away, you don’t have to see a doctor. FACT: Temporary stroke symptoms are called transient ischemic attacks (TIA). They are warning signs prior to actual stroke and need to be taken seriously.

Source: National Stroke Association