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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.

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Tips for Staying Safe in Your Home as You Get Older

Senior Care

Older individuals suffer from changes in gait, balance, strength, vision, hearing, and cognition—all of which increase their risk for injury during daily tasks. According to the National Institute on Aging, more than 1.6 million older individuals visit the emergency room each year for a fall-related injury. Continue reading for tips on how to stay safe throughout your home.

Bathroom Safety
Consider using decals on the floor of your tub or shower as well as investing in non-skid bath mats to help reduce your risk of falls. It is also a good idea to install grab bars on the wall in the tub or shower to help make moving easier. Raised toilet seats and toilet safety rails are also a great option for older individuals with hip, knee, or balance problems.

Kitchen Safety
Slips, falls, and other injuries can also occur while working in the kitchen. Here are some tips for making your kitchen safer:

  • Keep stoves in proper working order and make sure burners are off before going to bed or leaving the house 
  • Ensure that kitchen ventilation systems and range exhausts work properly
  • Keep flammable objects away from cooking areas
  • Move cords and appliances way from hot surfaces and water sources
  • Keep a mop handy to clean up spills instantly and avoid slips

Bedroom Safety
Use a nightlight in your bedroom, as this will make obstacles easier to see in a low-light setting. Make sure the area around your bed is clear and free of obstacles. It is also a good idea to keep a phone next to your bed that is programmed to dial 911 at the push of a button in case of injury or an emergency situation.

Whether you’ve suffered from a slip and fall, broken bone, or a stroke, Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center is here to help. Give our urgent care facility a call at (702) 880-2100 to learn more about our geriatric psych care or to contact an orthopedic surgeon.

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