Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center
Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center is committed to providing the highest quality of care while serving the communities of southwest Las Vegas.

AARP Driver Safety Class

Thursday, Feb. 23
8 a.m. -  Noon
Education Room/First Floor
$12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members

Check payments only accepted at the door; payable to AARP. Attend this class and receive a discount on your automobile insurance. Call 702.880.2700 to register.

Stroke: Who's at Risk?

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A stroke is a cerebrovascular event that leads to the interruption of blood flow to a part of the brain, resulting in damage or death of brain tissue. Strokes are the number one cause of adult disability in the United States and are the number three cause of death in American men behind heart attack and cancer, resulting in approximately 135,952 deaths in 2007. The symptoms of a stroke occur very suddenly, so knowing your risks and taking early preventive action is vital in avoiding the serious medical consequences associated with this unfortunate event.

Some of the defined risk factors of a stroke include:

  • Advanced age
    The older you are, the more likely you are to suffer from a stroke. According to the American Stroke Association, your risk of having a stroke doubles for each 10 years after you reach the age of 55.
  • Family history
    If you have a close relative (parent or sibling) that has suffered from a stroke, your risk is greater. 
  • Prior personal history with a stroke or heart attack
    If you have survived a stroke or heart attack in the past, you have an increased risk of experiencing a recurrent episode in the future. This also includes transient ischemic attacks (TIAs), also called “mini strokes,” in which blood flow is only interrupted momentarily. 
  • Drug abuse
    Cocaine, heroin, and amphetamine users are more likely to suffer from a stroke.
  • Atrial fibrillation
    This abnormal heart rhythm can promote the formation of blood clots due to the pooling of blood in the upper chambers of the heart. These clots have the ability to travel from the heart and become lodged in your brain, causing a stroke.

Other risk factors include high blood pressure (hypertension), high LDL cholesterol, or high levels of homocysteine. Also, if you are a smoker or have diabetes mellitus, then your chances of having a stroke increase.

To find a knowledgeable physician in the Las Vegas area that can help you to determine and manage your risk factors, contact the staff of Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center at (702) 880-2100. 

Nevada Talking Books

Thursday, Feb. 16
5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Education Room/First Floor

Nevada Talking Book Services (NTBS) is part of the Library of Congress' National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) network of libraries providing services to blind, visually or physically handicapped individuals. Recorded books and magazines and special playback equipment are loaned to eligible readers free of charge. All reading materials are sent to and returned by readers through postage-free mail. Dinner will be provided. FREE

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Learning more about your physiology and health can help you to live a healthier life. If you would like to dig deeper and read more about any of our recent blog topics, the resources below may provide the information you need. If you have any remaining questions, contact Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center at (702) 880-2100.

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