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Can you have a stroke and not know it?

By Clip Syndicate Video: Can you have a stroke and not know it? Fri, 19 May 2017 14:09:20 +0000 Can you have a stroke and not know it? WATN >> local memphis live continues with your host, amy speropoulos. >>amy: did you know it is possible to suffer a stroke and not even know what? new research claims that one in three adults have had a stroke, a mini stroke and not known it at all. joining us to talk about it and tell us what to look for and what should raise a red flag doctor richard elkin. >> thank you for having me. >>amy: it is interesting you're talking about this today. this happened to my mother a few years ago, and it was quite frightening after we found out that it was a tia. tell us what happens when this happens. >> sure. dia stands for transient ischemic attack and happens when there is a blockage and the blood vessel in the brain and the vessel can supply blood supply to that area of the brain. it dissolves quickly enough that it doesn't leave any lasting damage. because that a mini stroke or a warning stroke and could be a sign of our problems to come. >>amy: if that happens to us, do we immediately need to go to the er? what do we need to do: do? >> we found that 90 percent of people didn't do anything for it and see terms in terms of doing things for it. if you go to the emergency room and get evaluated and treated quickly so definitely it's important to do that. >>amy: to tell us some of the things. walk us through the signs of stroke and what can be done for someone having a stroke and what we need to know. >> so the major symptoms of a strike of a stroke or tia can be recognized with an acronym fast. the f stands for face a drooping, the a is for our weakness, the s is for speech difficulty and if any of those are present the t comes into play which means it's time to call 9-1-1 and get to the emergency room right away or they can do things to help either treat the stroke that's going on or prevent one happening in the future. >>amy: can and reviewers lower the rest? i guess just be aware of this and stay on the forefront if they will of research and knowledge and things like that? >> stroke is very preventable and the risk factor for stroke as high blood pressure so people can go a long way toward reducing their risk of having a stroke by making sure they get their blood pressure checked regularly face must see the primary doctor. and for the general public, there are a lot of lifestyle factors that they can engage and to reduce her blood pressure like any regular exercise, eating a healthy diet, avoiding a lot of salt. those are the kinds of things i can help reduce blood pressure and reduce the risk of a stroke as well. >>amy: doctor, thank you so much. we appreciate it this morning if you have a need for

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