Baptist Healthy Communities

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May Roundup

B.E. F.A.S.T. for stroke in May

May is National Stroke Awareness Month. Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of disability in American adults. A stroke occurs when the blood supply to the brain is either blocked by an obstruction or interrupted as a result of a ruptured blood vessel. When this happens, brain cells begin to die in minutes, and the subsequent brain damage often leads to disability or death.

There are three kinds of strokes:

An ischemic stroke is the most common type of stroke, and it occurs when one of the blood vessels supplying the brain is narrowed or blocked by fatty deposits that build up in the blood vessels, or by clots or other debris that lodge in the blood vessels in the brain.

A hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain leaks or bursts, and is often associated with high blood pressure, excessive blood thinners, trauma or the result of an ischemic stroke.

A transient ischemic attack (TIA), also called a ministroke, is a temporary disruption of blood supply to the brain due to a blockage or clot. Having a TIA means you may have an increased risk for a full-blown ischemic stroke.

A stroke causes brain tissue to die, which can lead to brain damage, disability and death. Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of serious long-term disability. This is disturbing because about 80% of strokes are preventable. You can greatly reduce your risk for stroke by making lifestyle changes to help control your blood pressure and cholesterol levels and, in some cases, by taking medication.

Quickly recognizing the signs of a stroke can reduce the likelihood of long-term disability. Treatment should occur as quickly as possible from the time symptoms begin. The acronym B.E. F.A.S.T. can help someone recognize stroke symptoms immediately:

B—BALANCE: Is the stroke victim unsteady?
E—EYES: Does the person have a vision problem in one or both eyes?
F—FACE: Ask the person to smile. Does one side droop?
A—ARMS: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one side drift downward?
S—SPEECH: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is the person’s speech slurred or strange?
T—TIME: If you observe any of these signs, call 911 immediately.

You cannot control some stroke risk factors, such as:

Age – People older than 55 are more likely to have a stroke than younger people.
Race – African Americans are at greater risk than people of other races.
Gender – Strokes occur in men more often than women.

However, you can minimize a number of risk factors with a change in lifestyle. Factors that can increase your stroke risk include the following:

  • Obesity
  • A high-fat diet
  • Lack of regular exercise
  • Heavy and binge drinking
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Drug use

Other medical factors you can control with your doctor’s help:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Cardiovascular disease, including heart failure, heart defects, heart infection or atrial fibrillation
  • A personal or family history of stroke, heart attack or transient ischemic attack
  • COVID-19 infection

Download and share the B.E. F.A.S.T. flyer, and remember strokes can happen suddenly. Being alert can save someone’s life and ability to fully recover from stroke.

Visit Baptist Stroke Services for more information.

Health News and Information

World No Tobacco Day: Commit to Quit

World Tobacco Day is a yearly celebration that informs the public of the dangers of using tobacco and draws global attention to the tobacco epidemic and the preventable death and disease it causes. In 1988, a resolution was passed, calling for the celebration of World No Tobacco Day every year on May 31.

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to millions of tobacco users saying they want to quit. Commit to quit today, and sign the pledge.

Recipe of the month

We will be featuring new healthy recipes each month. Try making this easy, spring side dish! 

Cabbage Cucumber Salad

(serves six)

1 medium cabbage, shredded
3 medium cucumbers, sliced
4–5 green onions, chopped
2 tablespoons of fresh dill, chopped
6 tablespoons of sunflower oil
4 tablespoons of white vinegar
1 teaspoon of salt
¼ teaspoon of black pepper

-Combine sunflower oil, white vinegar, salt and pepper. Set aside.
-Toss cabbage, cucumbers, green onions and fresh dill in a large bowl.
-Drizzle dressing over the top, and toss well to combine.
-Serve immediately, or refrigerate for a few hours to let cabbage soften. 
-Store in the refrigerator for three to four days.

Nutrition information per serving: 170 calories; 14 grams of fat; 11 grams of carbohydrates; 5 grams of fiber; 3 grams of protein

Dates for Your Calendar

May 21: LIVE! Memphis Breast Cancer Summit

Saturday, May 21, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Hickory Ridge Mall Towne Centre
6075 Winchester Road, Memphis, TN 38115

Register here.

Visit for a full schedule of events, which are updated throughout the month.

Health Resources

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Stay Connected

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