Sunshine Terrace helps stroke victims

Time is vital when it comes to treating stroke, as brain damage mounts with each passing minutes and there is just a small window of time where clot busting drugs can be administered. 

Logan’s Sunshine Terrace Foundation provides a stroke support group to answer the questions of stroke victims and caregivers.

“Anyone who has been affected by stroke is welcome to come to our group,” said Amy Anderson, Outreach Director at Sunshine Terrace. “When things happen that are traumatic in nature, there are a lot of unanswered questions, even though you may have been to the hospital or to your doctor.”

Anderson said a stroke is either when a blood clot blocks an artery (a blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the brain) or when a blood vessel breaks, interrupting the blood flow to an area of the brain.

“One of the risks for stroke is Atrial Fibrillaltion, or A-Fib, when you have an irregular heart rate and the rhythm of your heart is off. A-fib can cause a stroke because when you are in A-fib the upper chambers of your heart allow blood to pool and it’s possible for a clot to form and it can travel to your brain and cause a stroke.”

Anderson said the National Stroke Organization created an acronym — FAST — to help identify the signs of a stroke.

“F is for face, if your face droops on one side, that is a sign of stroke; A is for arm, being unable to raise at least one arm which is another sign; S stands for difficulty with speech. T is for time and the critical importance of calling 911 if you think someone is having a stroke. Time is of the essence when treating an ischemic stroke.”

The “Soup and Stroke” group meets on the third Tuesday every month, 4 p.m., at the Aqua Works Building at 209 West 300 North in Logan.

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