May is Stroke Awareness Month

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Grilled salmon and vegetables

Can you identify stroke’s warning signs? They are: F FACE: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop? A ARMS: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward? S SPEECH: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange? T TIME: If […]

Can you identify stroke’s warning signs?
They are:

F FACE: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
A ARMS: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S SPEECH: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
T TIME: If you observed any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.
A stroke is a brain attack that occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery or a blood vessel breaks, interrupting blood flow to an area of the brain. Brain cells begin to die.
Up to 80% of strokes are preventable!

My father experienced a TIA (transient ischemic attack), or warning sign of a stroke a couple of weeks ago. Knowing he could not move and only able to speak “help” was pretty scary. After a brief hospital stay, my dad came home.

What can we control to keep our heart and brain healthy?

Focusing on diet, a Heart Healthy diet can lower cholesterol that can lead to plaque building in your arteries, and also reduce blood pressure, reducing strain on your blood vessels and inflammation.

Foods to include:
Fruits
Vegetables
Fish (salmon, albacore tuna, mackerel, herring or trout, which are rich in omega 3 fatty acids)
Whole-grain, high fiber foods
Dairy, fat free and low fat (1%) products
Beans
Lean meats like skinless poultry
A heart healthy diet includes using alternatives to salt for seasoning!

Take back your taste buds using this spice blend instead of salt!
Spice Blend recipe
5 tsp. onion powder
2 ½ tsp. garlic powder
2 ½ tsp. dry mustard
1 ½ tsp. crushed thyme leaves
½ tsp. white pepper
¼ tsp. celery seed
Makes about 1/3 cup.

Improve your health with a heart healthy diet, blood pressure management, smoking cessation, blood sugar control, exercise and stress management!

Registered Dietitians

Registered Dietitians

Compassionate, eager, enthusiastic, and diverse might be some of the words used to describe this talented group of women. This healthcare team has worked with a gamut of patients including those diagnosed with diabetes, taught classes for patients who have undergone open heart surgery, educated patients who are faced with the difficult decision to have life changing bariatric surgery, or have prescribed medical nutrition therapy for the critically ill. This group of dietitians are friends, mothers, wives, athletes, volunteers, and devoted professionals to the ever changing world of healthcare. Most of the dietitians went to colleges in the Midwest (MU, K State, Iowa State, and Ohio State) and have made their homes in Kansas City, both Missouri and Kansas. Our team mottos are, “Everything In Moderation” and “All foods fit.”

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