Often considered a disease of the elderly, strokes are now striking adults at much younger ages. New research finds that in little over a decade the percentage of people age 20-45 having strokes has jumped from 4.5 percent of the population to 7.3. In Caucasians age 45-54, the annual incidence of stroke increased from 74 per 100,000 in 1993-94 to 96 per 100,000 in 2005; among African-Americans in that age group, strokes increased from 225 per 100,000 to 302. High blood pressure remains the #1 risk factor for stroke, regardless of age. Researchers also attribute the rising incidence of stroke in younger people to a corresponding increase in a related trio of ills among younger adults: obesity, diabetes and high cholesterol. No matter what your age, the key to recovery from stroke is recognizing the symptoms early and seeking immediate emergency treatment. Nearly two million brain cells die every minute following a stroke, so the sooner treatment begins, the more likely you are to protect yourself from serious disability. Treatment in the first 2-3 hours of a stroke offers the greatest protection against disability. If you miss that important window for emergency treatment, learn about the advanced treatment options available only at Sarasota Memorial the only certified Comprehensive Stroke Center in southwest Florida at smh.com/stroke
Prevention is the best medicine.
Sarasota Memorial offers a variety of free education and prevention programs to help reduce your risk of stroke, including free screenings, diabetes education and nutrition/lifestyle coaching. For upcoming events, browse our community calendar at smh.com, or call our HealthLine (941) 917-7777 for a free Think Stroke, Think FAST magnet.
Join Acupuncturist Dr. Brenda Yanofsky for free wellness lectures 9:30-11 am May 5 (Meridian Pathways & the Movement of Qi) and 9:30-11 am June 2 (pain management), in the Healthplex Education Room, Sarasota Memorial Institute for Advanced Medicine, 5880 Rand Blvd., Sarasota. RSVP: (941) 917-7000.
Free community presentation by John Oldham, MD, president of the American Psychiatric Association, 1-3 pm May 8, Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s first floor auditorium, 1700 S. Tamiami Trail. Two CEUs available for qualified professionals for $10 fee. Please RSVP: mhcci.com or (941) 953-3477.
OB-GYN Daniel Watts, MD, will present a free lecture on advanced technology and treatments transforming health care, 11 am-noon, May 12, in Sarasota Memorial’s Institute for Advanced Medicine education room, 5880 Rand Blvd., Sarasota. RSVP: (941) 917-7777.
Join Orthopedic Surgeon Vance Askins, MD, for a free education presentation, 11:30 am-12:30 pm May 25, in the Healthplex Education Room, Sarasota Memorial Institute for Advanced Medicine, 5880 Rand Blvd., Sarasota. RSVP: (941) 917-7777.
Cancer survivors and a guest are invited to a special National Cancer Survivors’ Day celebration – an afternoon celebrating the music of life. This year’s event will be held 2-4 pm June 6 at Michael's on East Ballroom, 1212 East Ave. There is no charge to attend, but registration is required. Please RSVP: (941) 917-7777 or register on smh.com
Join Washington Hill, MD, Perinatalogist and Medical Director of Sarasota Memorial’s Maternal-Fetal Medicine Department, for a free presentation, What You and Your Family Need to Know About Having a Healthy and Successful Pregnancy, 4:30-5:30 pm June 9 in the Healthplex Education Room, Sarasota Memorial Institute for Advanced Medicine, 5880 Rand Blvd., Sarasota. RSVP: (941) 917-7000.
Relax at Sarasota Memorial’s free expressive arts studio, a weekly program to promote creative expression, relaxation, health and healing, every Monday, at Sarasota Memorial's Institute for Advanced Medicine, 5880 Rand Blvd., Sarasota. Supplies provided. RSVP: (941) 917-7293.
If you or someone you care about is struggling with depression, anxiety or substance abuse, Sarasota Memorial’s licensed mental health professionals are on call 24 hours a day to provide free mental health assessments, referrals and advice. Call our Bayside Center at (941) 917-7760.
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Preventing the Plateau Effect
The initial improvements that come from starting an exercise routine can be very motivating. Many people are able to improve their endurance, lose weight, and become stronger over the first 30 to 60 days of their workout program. However, after this initial period, many people also experience the “exercise plateau effect” and become discouraged. To prevent the plateau, keep these three concepts in mind: consistency, intensity, and variety.
Consistency: To stay consistent, you should aim for at least 20-60 minutes of cardiovascular exercise on at least 3-5 days per week.
Intensity: For intensity, make sure you are using your heart rate training zone. A simple way to calculate it is to subtract your age from 220, then multiply that number by 60 percent and 85 percent for the lower and upper ends of the zone. For a 40-year old, the heart rate zone would be 108-153.
Variety: Incorporating variety in your routine will also help sustain improvements. To do this, cross train among a few different exercises so that your body does not adapt too much to one form of exercise.
The exercise professionals at Healthplex are here to answer your health and fitness questions. We offer many options to help meet your goals, including nutritional counseling, personal training and group exercise classes. To learn more, stop by for a tour and experience the Healthplex difference. Visit SarasotaHealthplex.com or call (941) 917-7000 for more information.
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