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How can you stay safe in your home as you age? Can you benefit from water immersion birth? If you’re interested in more information on brainstem strokes, the causes of scoliosis, or any of our other recent blog topics, then check out these resources:

  • Studies show that someone dies from a stroke every six seconds in the United States. Learn more with this article from the National Stroke Association.
  • Make sure you can recognize the signs of a stroke with this overview from
  • Learn about the different types of strokes by checking out this link from
  • Did you know that 1.6 million older adults visit the emergency room for fall-related injuries each year? Visit this link from the National Institute on Aging for more information.
  • This article from discusses installing grab bars in bathrooms to help prevent the risk of injury for older adults.
  • What is water immersion birth? Find out with this link from the American Pregnancy Association.
  • Check out this article from for more information on the different stages of labor.
  • Are you suffering from scoliosis? Learn more about this spinal condition by exploring this link from the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
  • This article from the Scoliosis Research Society discusses the symptoms and treatment options for individuals with scoliosis.
  • Did you know that scoliosis may be a symptom of spina bifida? Learn more by exploring this link from the Spina Bifida Association.

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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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