The warning signs of stroke, as well as Western Baptist Hospital’s clot-busting drug that can reverse the symptoms, are discussed on “Healthy Living,” at 6 p.m.
The program, hosted by the hospital’s customer service director Stacey Young, features an interview with neurologist Dr. Joseph Ashburn, director of the Western Baptist stroke center.
The 30-minute program on Paducah’s Channel 2. will broadcast at 6 p.m. and on following Wednesdays at 6 p.m., and also at 10 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. Fridays.
In the program, Ashburn describes how the drug tPA (tissue plasminogen activator) can reduce long-term disability if given within three hours after a stroke starts.
“The tPA may improve the symptoms of the stroke,” Ashburn said. “It’s a tremendous drug. Some people refer to it as the miracle drug. I encourage people to come to the hospital as quickly as possible if they have stroke symptoms; however, there are still things we can do if they’ve passed the three-hour mark.”
Ashburn said anyone is at risk of having a stroke if they have a close relative who has suffered one previously.
“Having a family history of strokes is an independent risk factor for stroke,” he said. “While you can’t change your family history, other important risk factors are modifiable, including smoking, obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and a sedentary lifestyle.”
Western Baptist has the only nationally certified stroke center in the region.
“Healthy Living” is designed to inform and educate viewers about various health issues. It also can be viewed online at tv.westkentucky.kctcs.edu/videoclips/healthy_living.