Hospital official addresses stroke symptoms

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, someone in the US has a stroke every 40 seconds, and every 4 minutes, someone dies of one.

Stephanie Shawver, the stroke program manager at St. Luke’s Magic Valley, explained that there’s more than one type of stroke.

"There's actually two different kinds of strokes," Shawver said. "We have ischemic stroke, which is caused by a blocked artery, and hemorrhagic stroke, which is caused by an artery in the brain that bursts, or begins to bleed."

Shawver also explained that 80 percent of strokes can actually be prevented.

"Things like knowing your blood pressure, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, things like if you have high blood pressure, do things to bring that down,” Shawver said.

Shawver also explained the new acronym people should be aware of when spotting the signs that someone’s having a stroke.

"We're using a new term called BE FAST, and each one of the letters in that acronym stands for a stroke symptom,” Shawver continued; “ The B stands for balance, E stands for eyes, the F stands for facial droop, A stands for arms, S stands for speech, and then the T is probably the most important part of that acronym, the T stands for time."

Because strokes, are a time sensitive emergency.

"About 1.2 million brain cells, almost 2 million brain cells are lost every minute that somebody's having a stroke, so obviously the sooner you can recognize that, the sooner that you can bring them into the hospital for treatment, activate 911, you're increasing their chances of survival from that stroke,” Shawver explained.

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