“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

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May one of your New Year’s Resolutions include your wish to consider making lifestyle changes that could reduce your risk of suffering a first or recurrent Stroke. 


  • Reduce High Blood Pressure – Check your Blood Pressure often and seek medical treatment if it is too high Identify and Treat Atrial Fibrillation Afib) – This abnormal heartbeat can increase the risk of Stroke by 500%. 
  • Check with your medical provider about treatment options 
  • Stop Smoking – (or don’t start) 
  • Control Alcohol Use – Don’t Drink – or drink only in moderation 
  • Know your Cholesterol Levels – Check with your Medical Provider if your total Cholesterol is over 200 
  • Control Diabetes – Check with your doctor or nutritionist regarding lifestyke changes, nutrition information and medication options 
  • If Overweight, Exercise 5 Times per week and Adhere to Good Food Choices – Maintain a diet low in calories, salt, saturated fat, trans-fats, sugar and cholesterol.  Eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily 
  • Treat Circulation Problems – Fatty deposit can block arteries carrying blood to the brain and cause a Stroke.  Conditions such as Sickle Cell Disease and severe Anemia should be treated 
  • Act FAST at the warning signs of a Stroke – Should you find you or a loved one has the following symptoms – call 9-1-1 immediately and get to a Stroke Certified Hospital 

F: FACE –     When smiling does one side of the mouth droop lower
A: ARMWhen lifting both arms, does one drift down?
 – Does Speech sound slurred, or are the wrong words used when trying to say something.  Does it seem difficult to understand what others are saying?
T: TIME –    Time to call 9-1-1.  Mention the word (STROKE).  Also note the time when symptoms first appeared 

  • CONFUSION (more than is typical) 

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DoritaDelemos 300x400In 2014, Dorita DeLemos Down established “The P.A.C.E. Group, LLC”, under which she writes a blog and continues to lecture and write articles on brain injuries and stroke.  Recent information has proven that “The more you work with the brain, the healthier it becomes”.  She is a good example of that statement. From 2005 to 2008 she was engaged as Spanish language Consultant to NIH/NINDS and participated in lectures, conferences, and conventions nationwide.

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