Hattiesburg stroke care center warns of common stroke

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - This month is Stroke Awareness Month. Stroke Care Center Coordinator Scott Scrimpshire, of Merit Health Wesley's award-winning Stroke Care Center, said it's important for the public to be educated on the most threatening stroke.

"The most common stroke is the Ischemic Stroke," Scrimpshire said.

He said about 80 percent of strokes are from a blood clot from the carotid arteries or the heart.

"We've learned a lot about how to prevent heart attacks," Scrimpshire said. "So, what's good for the heart is good for the brain. Everything you've learned about cardiovascular health is going to help you prevent a stroke."

Scrimpshire said keep your blood pressure under control and diabetics should know their numbers.

"Diabetes is a leading risk factor for stroke as well. Blood sugars that run too high for too long can definitely lead to a stroke," Scrimpshire said.

He said every stroke outcome is different. Where one person may experience tingling on one side of their body after a stroke, another may lose movement to one side of their body.

"It affects the speech, their speech patterns, their ability to focus. It can cause visual changes," Scrimpshire said.

Scrimpshire added no age is exempt from the threat of a stroke.

"Most strokes do occur after age 65, but we've had patients come in with Ischemic Strokes at 25 years old, 27 years old," Scrimpshire said.