Welcome back to Prisma Health On Call,our Q+A series that connectsyou, our readers, to the healthcare professionals at Prisma Health.
This month, Prisma Health’s stroke specialists are here to answer your questions related to stroke — including those about hereditary risk, tips for preventing stroke, and the most important things to know.
See the full Q+Abelow. (Big thanks to Forrest J. Lowe, MD, Neel N. Shah, MD, and Joseph P. Hanna, MD,for their knowledge + expertise.)
This month, we’re connecting readers to the stroke specialists at Prisma Health. | Photo provided by Prisma Health
Q: I recently heard about a stroke patient getting to the hospital fast enough to have their “stroke reversed.” What does that mean and how is it possible to reverse a stroke?
A: If you get to the hospital within 4.5 hours of stroke symptom onset, a medication that dissolves the clots that cause strokes can potentially be given to reverse stroke symptoms. The blood-clot-busting medication is time sensitive, which is why you must get to the nearest hospital immediately after symptom onset.
Q: If my doctor says I am in generally good health, what should I be doing to prevent a stroke? Are there early warning signs to be aware of?
A: Avoiding smoking, controlling high blood pressure, eating a healthy diet (avoiding fast food) that is balanced and low in salt, and getting daily aerobic exercise are all ways to decrease your risk of stroke.
Early signs of stroke are referenced by the BE FAST acronym:
B — Balance (loss of coordination)
E — Eyes (vision change that is sudden in onset)
F — Face (facial droop)
A — Arms (limb weakness of arm or leg)
S — Speech (slurred speech or inability to speak or understand)
T — Time (immediately call 911 and get the hospital)
What should my physician be monitoring to assess my risk of stroke? Keep reading for the answer to that question + more.*
International Yoga Day Painting Party | Tues., June 21 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Wine & Design, 1175 Woods Crossing Rd. | $35 | Sign up online to paint your own pre-traced canvas in honor of International Yoga Day. 🧘♀️
Bike Night with Dirty Grass Soul | Wed., June 22 | 7-10 p.m. | Harley-Davidson of Greenville, 30 Chrome Dr. | Free entry | Sip on a cold beer, grab some wings from Quaker Steak & Lube, and jam out to live music — all while checking out some bikes. 🏍
Pride Night Karaoke | Wed., June 22 | 8 p.m. | Swanson’s Warehouse, 12 N. Irvine St. | Free entry | Come out for pride-themed karaoke, dancing + drinks — non-alcoholic options available. 🏳️🌈
Free Vaccine Clinic | Thurs., June 23 | 12-4 p.m. | Greenville County Animal Care, 328 Furman Hall Rd. | Free | Get your dog or cat vaccinated in this drive-through clinic — limit two animals per vehicle. 🐈
Summer Block Party | Thurs., June 23 | 6-9 p.m. | MODAL, 813 Augusta St. | $15 suggested donation | Wear your favorite red attire, grab a drink, and enjoy games + music at this event benefiting AID Upstate.
Head Over Heels The Musical | Fri., June 24-Sat., July 2 | Times vary | Artists Collective Spartanburg, 578 W. Main St. | $22+ | Presented by Proud Mary Theatre, this love story/comedy follows the misadventures of a royal family, set to groovy 1980’s tunes by The Go-Go’s.
Greenville Heritage Main Street Fridays | Fri., June 24 | 5:30-9:30 p.m. | NOMA square, downtown Greenville | Free entry | Catch some trumpet, saxophone, and trombone tunes by HornTraXX + eat some HipBurger. 🎷
2nd Annual Pints 4 Pups Fundraiser | Sat., June 25 | 3-10 p.m. | Tetrad Brewing Company, 603 E. Stone Ave. | Free entry | Meet pups up for adoption, grab a bite to eat + sip on a local beer to benefit Greenville County Animal Care. 🐶
Freedom Blast | Sat., June 25 | 6-10:30 p.m. | Greer City Park, 301 E. Poinsett St. | Free entry | Celebrate our armed forces with a military tribute, live music, rib eating contest, kid’s zone + more. 🇺🇸
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The Pimento Cheese Passport is your go-to for navigating Columbia’s pimento cheese scene. | Photo provided by Experience Columbia
Sweet dreams are made of cheese. Pimento cheese, that is. Columbia is home to one of the oldest recipes for pimento cheese — so it’s only right to plan a trip with the Pimento Cheese Passport.
Think of the passport as your pimento cheese tour guide, leading you to all the best restaurants + order recommendations. Bonus: Collect five stamps for a specialized mug or pint glass, 10 stamps for a t-shirt, and visit all the restaurants for a gift card.*
This is soda-rn exciting. Rocket Fizz, a soda pop + candy shop, will open on North Main Street in downtown Greenville thisSeptember. The shop will sell 500+ types of sodas and candy favorites(from the past and around the world)in the former Southern Fried Cotton store (118 N. Main St.). 🥤(The Post and Courier Greenville)
Ignore the temperature, GVL is cool. Thrillist featured Greenville on its list of “The Coolest Small Cities in the U.S.” The publication shouts out our “active arts community, burgeoning culinary scene, and easy access to some downright spectacular natural beauty.”
A new festival celebrating the great outdoors is coming to Simpsonvillethis fall. Everything Outdoor Fest, taking place at Historic Hopkins Farm (3717 Fork Shoals Rd.) from Fri., Nov. 4–Sun., Nov. 6, will feature experiences and clinics for the whole family on topics like camping, hiking, fishing, kayaking, and cycling. 🏕️
The Greenville Walk to End Alzheimer’s is hosting a “Flamingle” at Think Tank Brew Lab (101 Airport Rd.) tonight, Tues., June 21 at 5:30 p.m. Attend the event to learn more about leading a team in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, coming up Sat., Oct. 1 at Fluor Field. (WYFF 4)
Network + learn about presenting to investors at Pitch-Space, a live event at Flywheel Greenville (101 N. Main St.) Tues., June 28 at 4:30 p.m. Three startups (two of them being local) will present to a panel of investors + receive feedback before an open networking session. Register here.
Who says a small business can’t make a big impression or a giant impact? Endeavor, with 20,000 sqft of workspaces, helps support entrepreneurs + small teams by giving them space to thrive every day — along with bright, professional meeting roomsfor impressing clients and closing deals. See more perks.*
Senior Action will hand out $25 produce vouchers to eligible Greenville County Seniors today, Tues., June 21 from 10 a.m.–3 p.m., at the Berea Community Center (6 Hunts Bridge Rd.). The vouchers can be used for fresh fruits and vegetables at local farms + farmers’ markets. 🥕(WYFF 4)
The summersolstice, aka the day with the longest period of sunlight all year long. Read:
More time to grill out tonight — try these summer recipes from Lowes Foods.*
Don’t just eat better — eat the best.Sunbasket’smeal kit service delivers delicious, healthy meals created by award-winning chefsstraight to your front door. Bonus: GVLtoday readers can get $100 off their first four deliveriesand more when they sign up. 🍽️ *
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This is big news, but we’ll give you the abridged version.
Construction has begunon Mauldin’s new pedestrian bridge over I-385. The bridge, slated to be finished this year, will connect Bridgeway Station (a new 170-acre mixed-use development and walkable urban village) to the rest of Mauldin via the Mauldin City Trail. The area will eventually connect to the future Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail extension.
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Editor’s Pick:June 21 is a busy day. DYK: today’s not only the Summer Solstice and World Giraffe Day, but also National Selfie Day, National Smoothie Day, and even Go Skateboarding Day? While you won’t find me on a skateboard (I’m not coordinated enough for that), here’s a selfie of your City Editors (and our awesome intern, Summer). You’ll find me drinking a smoothie + soaking up every ounce of daylight I can, because it’s also National Daylight Appreciation Day.
Missed yesterday’s newsletter? We checked out Greenville’s soundscape with some GVL ASMR.
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