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Thursday, Jan. 12
10 a.m.  -  11 a.m.
Education Room/First Floor

Stretch off those holiday calories and join us for a yoga session. Sponsored by CareMore. Call 702.880.2700 to register. Light refreshments will be provided. FREE


What is a Brainstem Stroke?

Brain Stroke

According to the National Stroke Association, someone suffers from a stroke every 40 seconds in the United States. While all strokes occur due to a lack of blood supply to the brain, there are different types of strokes that affect different areas of the brain—one of which is a brainstem stroke.

Brainstem Stroke
The brainstem is responsible for controlling involuntary functions and contains the nerves that control eye movement, talking, hearing, chewing, and swallowing. A brainstem stroke occurs when the supply of blood is interrupted— ultimately damaging the brainstem so that it can no longer control vital body functions.

A brainstem stroke is characterized as ischemic or hemorrhagic. Ischemic brainstem strokes are caused by a sudden decrease of blood flow due to clot formation in one of the arteries, a clot in another part of the body that breaks off and blocks blood flow, or a tear in one of the blood vessels that supplies blood to the brainstem. A hemorrhagic brainstem stroke is caused by a burst blood vessel that results in bleeding in the brain.

Risk Factors
There are several factors that may increase your risk for a brainstem stroke, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, type II diabetes, smoking, alcohol or drug use, and diets high in sodium or processed foods.  A history of heart attack, stroke, or cardiovascular disease may also increase the risk.

Signs and Symptoms
The symptoms of a brainstem stroke may include:

  • Problems with vital functions
  • Weakness or paralysis in the extremities or face
  • Problems with sensation
  • Difficulty chewing, speaking, or swallowing
  • Hearing or vision problems
  • Vertigo

An urgent care facility or stroke care specialist may diagnosis a stroke using a number of methods, including an examination of the nervous system, CT scans, MRIs and MRAs, heart function tests, Doppler ultrasounds, and examinations of kidney and/or liver function.

If you experiencing symptoms of a stroke and are considering seeking medical care, let our physicians and nurses with Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center provide you with the urgent care you need by contacting us at (702) 880-2100.

Happy New Year!


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