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Dr. Behnam Sabayan talks to Susie Jones about brain health on WCCO Health Radio

Dr. Behnam Sabayan on WCCO Health Radio

Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute (HHRI) Investigator Behnam Sabayan, MD, MSc, PhD, is a vascular neurologist and neuroepidemiologist. He was recently interviewed by news radio reporter, Susie Jones on strokes and answered listener questions around the topic.

First, what is a stroke? A stroke is when blood flow to the brain is reduced or blocked. According to Dr. Sabayan, “400,000 people experience symptoms of a stroke per year. Just in 2020, in Minnesota, there was about 12,000 hospital admissions related to stroke.

Dr. Sabayan informed listeners on the two major types of a stroke, risk factors and warning signs:

The two major types

  • A blockage in the brain that leads to a lack of oxygen, which leads to potential brain tissue damage.
  • A hemorrhage or bleeding type of stroke, where the blood vessel ruptures and there is a leakage of blood in the brain. Blood’s properties lead to inflammation in the brain tissue and could lead to damage in the function of the brain.

Who is at risk?

  • High-risk groups such as those with cardiovascular factors such as genetic conditions like high cholesterol or sickle cell disease.
  • Anyone is at risk for strokes, even young people.
  • Those with previous strokes have a 25% higher chance of recurrent strokes.

How to reduce your risk factors

  • Incorporate healthy lifestyle factors like exercising, proper exercise, maintaining normal medications, and proper sleep hygiene.

Know the warning signs!

Dr. Sabayan likes to educate patients using the stroke awareness acronym, BEFAST. BEFAST stands for: Balance loss, Eyesight changes, Face drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty, and Time to call 911.

You can listen to the entire podcast episode here.

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