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Holistic Approach to Healthy Brains

When it comes to stroke prevention, Prasanna Tadi, MBBS, spells out tips for his patients – quite literally.

“I keep it simple. ‘ABCDEF’ is my mantra for prevention,” said Dr. Tadi, a stroke certified neurologist at the CHI Health Neurological Institute.

The “ABCDEF” acronym breaks down key ways to promote a healthy brain and lifestyle:

Stroke Prevention Easy as ABC…DEF

A.       Aspirin

B.       Blood pressure control; Blood sugar control

C.       Cholesterol control; No cigarette use

D.       Diet of fruit, vegetables, healthy and organic; No drinking; No drugs

E.        Exercise and weight loss

F.        Friends, family and faith

Dr. Tadi has been researching strokes and working with patients for six years. His approach to stroke prevention is holistic, with the belief that brain health goes beyond diet and blood pressure. Dr. Tadi suggests a patient’s attitude also comes into play.

“Negativity will affect our brain,” Dr. Tadi said. “There is no data correlation for stroke, but there is a correlation that a negative attitude increases our anxiety and stress level. If you are negative, you release hormones like cortisol. This will affect our brain in multiple ways. It increases blood pressure, blood sugar and chronic stress, which, in turn, can affect our memory, creativity and attention.”

Dr. Tadi, who’s worked with the CHI Health Neurological Institute for two years, said patients can improve a negative attitude by practicing mindfulness, meditation and gratitude.

“In this, an individual will become more positive and satisfied in life,” Dr. Tadi said. Paired with a positive attitude, he believes education is also a key component of stroke prevention. As an assistant professor in neurology at Creighton University School of Medicine, Dr. Tadi shares his knowledge with students. He also thinks patients should have access to information and exceptional care, which is why he launched a Teleclinic.

“Stroke is the leading cause of morbidity in this country. It is very difficult to find a stroke neurologist,” Dr. Tadi said. “Teleclinic will help us to connect with more patients who do not have access – especially in the rural areas.” Dr. Tadi’s Teleclinic serves stroke patients in Kearney, allowing him to assess patient needs virtually.

“We order the right tests and give the treatment needed to complete their stroke care,” he said. “If procedures or surgeries are needed, we coordinate seamless care for the patient.”

Learn more about Stroke Care at CHI Health Neurological Institute.