Brain Buzz

Understanding Stroke

August 18, 2023 Dr Kimon Bekelis Season 1 Episode 1
Brain Buzz
Understanding Stroke
Show Notes

Episode 1 Notes: Understanding StrokeHosts:

  • Dr. Kimon Bekelis, Neurosurgeon
  • Jason Wallen, Lead Technologist and Patient Advocate

In this debut episode, hosts Dr. Kimon Bekelis and Jason Wallen kick off the podcast by diving into the topic of stroke. They define what a stroke is and explain the different types, ischemic and hemorrhagic. Dr. Bekelis  walks the listener through common stroke risk factors like high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, etc. He offers advice on how to reduce your risk through lifestyle changes. Dr. Bekelis discusses the latest advancements in stroke treatment such as TNK, tPA, and mechanical thrombectomy. He also discusses the importance of getting to the hospital fast. Closing this first episode Dr Bekelis and Jason talk about the psychological impact of stroke, resources for patients and caregivers, and what to expect during recovery.