July 11, 2017

My Healthy Life Podcast: Episode 11 – Recognizing a Stroke Could Mean Saving a Life

Do you know the signs and symptoms of a stroke? Could you recognize if you or someone around you was experiencing a stroke? What if we told you that knowing those key symptoms could mean saving a life – your own, or even someone else’s?

Every six seconds, someone in the world is experiencing a stroke. With that in mind, we hope you take what you learn in this episode and help spread this valuable information with your friends, family and loved ones – because it could mean saving a life.

Here are some questions we had going into this first part of our two-part episode series that we wanted to answer for you:

  • What are the key factors and signs and symptoms of a stroke?
  • Wait – what is a stroke?
  • Are there different types of strokes?
  • What are ways to minimize and/or prevent risk of stroke?
  • Am I at risk for a stroke? Who is at risk for a stroke? Does age matter?
  • What are treatment options?
  • What about life after a stroke? Tune back in in two weeks when we talk about stroke recovery and rehabilitation.

My Healthy Life Podcast: Episode 11 – Recognizing a stroke could mean saving a life

They seem like basic questions but if it came down to it and in the heat of the moment, would you know what to do?

Our expert, Robin Jones, manager of the stroke program for Mission Health, weighs in – answering these questions and more. She gets us thinking about how being informed and educated on the basics of stroke awareness can be life changing and lifesaving.

“In order to be that advocate for yourself and for your loved ones and for your co-workers, you have to know the warning signs and you have to act fast,” Robin says.

In this episode, Robin tells a story about one patient and recent stroke survivor who works at a hospital and was on the job when he recognized the onset of a stroke. Uncertain of what was happening, he called his wife who nudged him to go to the emergency department since he was already at the hospital.

At the hospital or not, Robin reminds us the importance of calling 911 if you have even the slightest belief you may be having a stroke. When you call for emergent care for a stroke, the paramedics respond immediately and your treatment plan is already in motion before you even get to the hospital, so once you do arrive, teams are in place and you can get the timely care you need. When it comes to a stroke, time is brain. What does that mean? Robin answers that question, too, sharing the significance of time and acting “FAST” in response to a stroke.

Knowing the signs and symptoms is only the first part of a stroke event. But what about life after a stroke? Come back to our podcast archives or visit our feed on iTunes (My Healthy Life) in two weeks when Robin is back with us to discuss another important aspect of stroke: recovery and rehabilitation. Learn more about the signs, symptoms and detecting a stroke in this blog post.

Since this podcast was recorded, Mission Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers. The Gold Seal of Approval and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations.