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Radio Smart Talk: Stroke -- what you need to know

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | May 7, 2013 2:39 PM

Radio Smart Talk for Wednesday, May 8:

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There are certain illnesses, diseases, and medical conditions that get more attention than others.  Stroke is not one of them, even though it is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S.  More than 133,000 Americans die of stroke each year.

May is Stroke Awareness Month -- a time designated to help people learn more about stroke.  It is not overstating the case to say that what Americans don't know about stroke can lead to their deaths or disabilities.

Many don't know that women especially are at risk for stroke.  According to the National Stroke Association, fifty-five thousand more women than men have a stroke each year.  Women are almost twice as likely to die from stroke than breast cancer.

African-Americans are twice as likely to suffer a stroke than whites.

Wednesday's Radio Smart Talk will focus on the causes of stroke and what can be done to prevent strokes.

Appearing on the program will be Dr. Raymond Reichwein, co-director of Penn State Hershey's Stroke Center.

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Dr. Raymond Reichwein, co-director of Penn State Hershey's Stroke Center


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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-05-08 08:28

    Email from Tom in Carlisle

    I am in EMS (Emergency Medical Services) and work on an ambulance. Please, please, please, stress to your listeners to call 911 first at the onset of any type of stroke symptoms. Do not try and drive to the hospital. Let the emergency room come to you. We start treatment right in your house. That is what we are trained to do…save your life right there. We have drugs and constant contact with the hospital. When in doubt, always call 911.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-05-08 08:40

    Email from Anne,

    What is it about cigarette smoking that makes strokes more likely? Does it matter how heavy a smoker you are? What you smoke (cigarettes, pipe, etc)?

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-05-08 08:41

    Email from Anita
    I hear a lot about taking an aspirin every day. Is that a good idea. I take an 81 mg aspirin every day.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-05-08 08:43

    Facebook comment from Brittany

    I have migraines with auras.

    Since I was 15 years old, I have experienced migraines with numbing in my arms or fingers, loss of speech, etc. I was wondering, since I've had so many of these, how can I recognize when it is a stroke?

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-05-08 08:44

    Email from Donna

    Hi ... forgive me that I didn't recall the name of the test but two years ago I had four tests done when a preventative health screening event came to my employer. I'm a 34 year old female, 5'4", 170 lbs, and got a very abnormal ultrasound in my neck... carotid artery? My family doctor dismissed this saying I was too young to have issues. Last year I was in ER for a scare -- numbness in arm, tingling, headache and not being able to take a deep breath. ER doctor also dismissed my telling him of the abnormal test.

    I don't have my results with me now to give specifics.

  • Robert D Colgan img 2013-05-08 08:59

    Good show.
    The doctor's shared knowledge most useful.

    One counter argument to what Dr Reichwein said :
    the most critical part of the formation of a thrombus in the clotting sequence concerns platelet "stickiness" which starts the clotting.

    You don't need expensive medications such as the 3 new ones mentioned, or the standard ones of rodent poison too often used:
    there are many natural reagents which normalize platelet stickiness without causing other damage to the body as medications often do.
    Garlic oil, fish oil, Vit C, magnesium, flax oil, oil of evening primrose, Vit E, Vit B6 and others very safely can reduce platelet aggregation time.
    Yearly testing to determine platelet stickiness is a good idea.