Albuquerque doctor offers stroke prevention tips

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — May is Stroke Prevention Awareness Month and an Albuquerque doctor is offering some tips to remember and help you B.E.F.A.ST.

B.E.F.A.S.T. stands for the following:

  • Balance and difficulty
  • Eyesight changes
  • Facial drooping
  • Arm weakness
  • Speech difficulty
  • Time

“The longer the brain doesn’t have a blood supply, the worse a cell gets damaged, so get your loved one to an emergency room as fast as possible,” Dr. Nishiena Gandhi, a neurologist at Optum NM, said.

According to the CDC, around 800,000 Americans suffer a stroke each year. However, 4-in-5 strokes can be prevented.