Strike Out Stroke this Baseball Season

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Strike Out Stroke
(Left to right) John Farlow, Genentech representative; Jackie Duplantis, nurse manager, Neurology unit; Liz Marcotte, Neuroscience Program coordinator, Our Lady of the Lake; Debbie and Randy Braswell, volunteers, Our Lady of the Lake

Bottom of the ninth, a full count, bases loaded. While timing may seem critical in situations like these, it is even more so when life is truly on the line.

A stroke – a clot or the rupture of a blood vessel in the brain – can happen as fast as a pitcher throws the ball across home plate. Strokes occur in 800,000 people each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s enough stroke victims to fill Alex Box Stadium 78 times.

Strokes deprive the brain of blood and oxygen, destroying millions of valuable nerve cells every minute. While stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. and the leading cause of adult long-term disability, it is also largely treatable if quick action is taken.

That’s why Our Lady of the Lake and LSU Baseball are teaming up this Friday to promote stroke awareness when the Tigers take on Arkansas at 7 p.m. at Alex Box Stadium. The “Strike Out Stroke” game is aimed at spreading important education to help victims get to the hospital in time to receive life-saving treatment.

Those attending the game will receive free koozies and important information essential to surviving a stroke. Because stroke is one of the most time-sensitive diseases out there, recognizing the symptoms quickly can mean the difference between recovery and disability, even death.

Symptoms of a stroke can be subtle and may include the sudden feeling of weakness in the arms or legs, blurry vision, headache, dizziness, difficulty balancing and trouble speaking.

Use the F.A.S.T. test to remember the signs of stroke:

Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
Time: If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.

While anyone can have a stroke at any age, the chances of having a stroke increase with certain risk factors including:

  • Age over 55
  • Male
  • Hypertension
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Diabetic or a family history of stroke

Some risk factors for stroke can be managed, such as tobacco use, being overweight and drinking too much alcohol. Click here to learn more about stroke.

We are proud to be the official healthcare provider of LSU Athletics and Southern University Athletics. We are here to keep you healthy so you can cheer your team to victory. We wish the Tigers and the Jaguars the best of luck in this weekend’s games!

About Liz Marcotte

Liz Marcotte is the Neuroscience Program Coordinator at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. Liz has been with Our Lady of the Lake for 37 years, serving in multiple clinical and leadership roles. In her current role, Liz serves as coordinator of the Stroke Program and leads Our Lady of the Lake as the only Primary Stroke Center in our region. She is very active on the local, state and national level in promoting stroke awareness and improving the quality of best practice stroke patient care. Liz is also a Certified Stroke Registered Nurse, the first at Our Lady of the Lake.

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