The world is shocked and shattered after learning of the passing of 90s pop culture icon and television star Luke Perry (Beverly Hills 90210, Riverdale), who suffered a massive stroke on Feb 27th. Luke Perry was 52 years young, but sadly, not young enough to have a stroke. Unfortunately, it’s very common for people his age, and even somewhat younger, to experience a stroke. Medical professionals consider a young stroke age to be under the age of 45, which is why it’s imperative to know the warning signs and symptoms of a stroke.
Time is of the essence when it comes to surviving a stroke. As soon as you experience symptoms of a stroke, calling 911 immediately can help save your life. When you’re having a stroke, your brain isn’t getting the blood it needs; therefore your brain is being deprived of oxygen, which can lead to brain damage. Using the Fast Test (face, arms, speech, time) to check for the most common symptoms of a stroke in yourself or someone else can help. Teach yourself, friends, family, and children the Fast Test as well.
FACE: Smile. If one side of the face droops, that is a symptom.
ARM: Raise both arms above your head. If one arm drops down, that is a symptom.
SPEECH: Say a short phrase. If you notice speech is slurred, that is also a symptom.
TIME: If you experience all of the above, time is of the essence. Call 911 immediately and let them know exactly when the symptoms began, tell them you fear you’re having a stroke. Do not drive yourself to the hospital. Wait for an ambulance.
Warning signs of a stroke are numbness/weakness in your limbs (usually on one side) and face. Confusion, not understanding what others are saying, not being able to communicate (difficulty speaking), trouble seeing out of both eyes (or one eye), dizziness, and a sudden severe headache.
High Blood Pressure (hypertension) is the leading cause of a stroke. Other causes are heart disease, diabetes, being overweight, tobacco, medications (blood thinning medication), age, genetic and gender (Women are somewhat less likely to have a stroke than men of the same age. But women have strokes at a later age, making them less likely to recover and more likely to expire as a result). A person’s race is also a huge factor affecting African American’s and Hispanic Americans more often than other races in the United States.
To learn more about strokes, high blood pressure and to see how Neurofeedback Therapy and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy can help, please read the following two articles on my blog: How Neurofeedback helps reduce high blood pressure, and Neurofeedback & Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy can help those who’ve suffered from a stroke.
Dr. Elena Eustache is a specialist in neurofeedback and hyperbaric oxygen therapy, with a Ph.D. in Psychology and Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Dr. Elena Eustache helps her patients reach their full potential so they can live the life they’ve always dreamed of. You can read more about neurofeedback therapy by visiting her blog. You may also find her on Instagram and Facebook.