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Most strokes are preventable - here's how

Registered dietitian nutritionist Rebecca Hausserman (at right) and stroke nurse Michelle VallelungaRegistered dietitian nutritionist Rebecca Hausserman (at right in photo) explains how a heart-healthy diet is also healthy for the brain. She and stroke nurse Michelle Vallelunga (at left), who is the data coordinator for Upstate's Comprehensive Stroke Center, talk about the steps people can take to reduce their risk of a stroke. Some 80 percent of strokes can be prevented. They also share a simple phrase to remember the signs of a stroke: "BE FAST." B means balance, which may be off. E stands for eyes, because visual disturbances or a change in the eyes can signal a stroke. F, for face, means to be mindful of a facial droop. A, for arm, indicates arm weakness. S is for speech, which may be slurred. T means time - a reminder that it's time to call 911.