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6 F I T 2 0 1 8 - 2 0 1 9 NEUROSURGEON What are some of the newest findings in your field? "They have to do with stroke. There have been a number of remarkable studies over the last three years showing that if a blood vessel is occluded inside the brain, that we have up to 16 hours to remove that blood clot and re- establish blood flow to the brain and have a better outcome than if we left it alone. That's pretty remarkable. The capability of reopening blood vessels inside of the brain in the event of a stroke is a game-changer in terms of brain health." Anything common to this area? "Stroke is very common in this area. It's related to what the American Heart Association calls the Stroke Belt. There's an increase in stroke in the Southern states, and starting in our region and south, we have a higher incidence of stroke and a higher incidence of heart attacks as well." What are some good habits that people could develop? "The very best things one could do would be to exercise on a routine basis to try to maintain a healthy body weight and to know your cholesterol numbers. Try to keep your good cholesterol numbers high and your bad cholesterol low. Remain engaged in the community. Remain engaged in family. Also take time for meditation or prayer to reduce stress in life." Should any habits change for age groups? "I think in order to be able to do this when you become more mature, it really is important to get these habits early in life, because changing bad habits is really difficult." At what point should someone seek treatment? "If you have sudden changes in your brain function, including memory, speech, movement of your arm, leg or face, or a sudden or partial loss of vision, then you should seek care immediately in an emergency room where there's a primary stroke center." What do you do to stay healthy? "I am happy to say that I maintain my ideal body weight. I exercise approximately eight to 10 hours a week. I eat a grain-free and simple-carbohydrate-free diet. And dairy free. Call me a caveman. I have what's called a specific carbohydrate diet, or SCD. It's similar to Paleo. The Paleo diet is the entryway into better health and eating." Dr. Jonathan Hodes Baptist Health Center for Advanced Neurosurgery

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