Dr. Jessica Eng, Medical Director of On Lok PACE, answers your questions

What is a stroke?

A stroke is a disruption of blood flow to the brain that can result in brain damage or disability. It can be caused by a blood clot or by bleeding in the brain.

What are the symptoms of stroke?

  • Weakness in the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body

  • Sudden confusion or trouble speaking or understanding speech

  • Sudden vision problems

  • Sudden difficulty in walking or coordination

  • Sudden, severe headache.

Seeking immediate medical attention can decrease the amount of harm caused by a stroke. Call 911 even if symptoms come and go or stop.

What are the common after- effects of a stroke?

Common effects include slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, weakness and loss of sensation in half of the body.

How do you treat a stroke?

After a stroke, it is important to engage in physical and mental activity as soon as possible to decrease the risk of long-term disability. At On Lok PACE, we provide a wide range of services, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, nursing care, medications, and meals.

If I have had a stroke, am I at higher risk for another one?

Yes. That is why it is so important to adopt a healthy lifestyle and to talk to your doctor about ways to decrease the risk of another stroke.

How can I prevent a stroke?

  • Eat a low-fat, plant-based diet.

  • Lose weight if needed.

  • Avoid heavy drinking and smoking.

  • Manage conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and obstructive sleep apnea. Snoring is the most common symptom of sleep apnea.

Source: Dr. Jessica Eng, Medical Director of On Lok PACE