Studies show that approximately 795,000 individuals suffer from a stroke each year in the United States. While nearly 75% of strokes occur in individuals over age 65, strokes can affect individuals as young as age 20. Learn how to protect yourself or a loved one by recognizing the warning signs of a stroke and taking immediate action.
Signs and Symptoms
The best way to recognize the symptoms of a stroke is to follow the Act F.A.S.T. method:
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Ask the person to smile, determining whether one side of his or her face droops lower than the other.
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Ask the person to raise both arms out in front of his or her body, watching to see if one of the arms drifts downward.
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Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase, such as “the sky is blue,” listening for slurred or strange speech.
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Contact 9-1-1 or visit the nearest stroke care or urgent care hospital if any of the above symptoms occur.
Additional signs of a stroke include sudden weakness, numbness of the appendages, confusion, trouble understanding or speaking, visual disturbances, dizziness, loss of balance, change in gait, and severe headache.
While certain individuals may be genetically predisposed to a stroke, there are several ways you can reduce your chances of an episode, including:
- Following a healthy diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, and fish
- Exercising regularly
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Avoiding tobacco products and recreational drugs
- Limiting alcohol consumption
- Incorporating a low dose of aspirin to your dietary intake if approved by your physician
- Keep chronic medical conditions or diseases under control, such as diabetes, hypertension, or high cholesterol
If you suspect that you or a loved has suffered a stroke, seek immediate emergency care with the Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center . Our Joint Commission Certified Primary Stroke Center offers a number of services, including diagnosis, treatment, education, and even community outreach. Our Stroke Team ensures that all our patients receive the best care possible from the moment they arrive at our hospital. Contact us at (702) 880-2100 for more information.
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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Get your digital screening mammogram for only $75, available to women ages 40 and up. No referral necessary. Offer available Oct. 1 – 31.
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Certain illnesses and injuries can’t wait for an 8 a.m. appointment with your primary care physician—but waiting for hours on end in an emergency room isn’t an ideal alternative. Fortunately, there’s Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center. The staff members and urgent care physicians at Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center are devoted to providing the best emergency care in the Las Vegas area.
Staffed 24 hours a day by certified ER physicians, specialists, highly trained nurses, and a staff of medical experts, our hospital is committed to providing patients with urgent medical care in 30 minutes or less. We believe that every second matters, which is why we strive to diagnose and treat all of our ER patients efficiently and effectively. Our team members utilize the Triage Program to rapidly evaluate every single ER patient; this not only determines the level of care necessary, but also allows us to start diagnostic treatments, order needed medications, or perform life-saving interventions when necessary. We also have a number of diagnostic and digital imaging technologies readily available, including X-rays, MRIs (magnetic resonance imaging), computerized tomography (CT), and more.
The best way to determine whether you require immediate care from our emergency room or urgent care center is learn about the warning signs of a medical emergency. Some signs that you should call 9-1-1 or visit our emergency room include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Chest pain lasting more than two minutes
- Vision changes
- Uncontrolled bleeding
- Sudden or severe pain
- Fainting, dizziness, or weakness
- Persistent diarrhea or vomiting
At Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center , our staff has been providing the southwest community with access to expert emergency care for over seven years. Whether you’re in need of geriatric psychiatric services, stroke care, or general urgent care medicine, we’re always here to help. Contact us at (702) 880-2100 or visit our website to learn why we’re one of the best facilities in the Las Vegas area.
Bring Health To You (H2U) & free dinner too on Thursday, Sept. 29 at 5:30 p.m.!
Dr. Matthew Budge, Orthopedic Surgeon, will present the ABC’s of shoulder care by covering arthritis, bursitis and the rotator cuff. He specializes in complex shoulder and elbow reconstruction, total joint arthroplasty (shoulder, elbow, hip, knee), trauma fracture care and sports medicine.
This event is FREE, but registration is required: 702.880.2700
Join us on Friday, Sept. 23 from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. for a fall risk assessment!
The National Falls Prevention Awareness Day promotes and increases public awareness about how to prevent and reduce falls among older adults. During the event, physical/occupational therapy students from Touro University will administer the fall risk assessment.
This event is FREE , but registration is required: 702.880.2700
Season 11’s runner-up visits the Sunrise Health System hospitals September 19th & 20th!
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Need a Physician, Nurse Advice or Health Information?
Call our free 24/7 Consult-A-Nurse line at 702.233.5300.
In case of emergency, dial 9-1-1.
Come to the second annual H2U Fall Festival on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Sunrise Hospital Auditorium (3186 S. Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas). Learn more about older adult services available in our community, receive blood pressure checks, bone density screenings, free gifts and much more…see you there! Event is free and open to the public. To learn more, visit SunriseHeathInfo.com.
Southern Hills Hospital and MountainView Hospital Earn ‘Top Performer on Key Quality Measures’ Recognition from The Joint Commission
In addition to being included in today’s release of The Joint Commission’s “ Improving America’s Hospitals ” annual report, MountainView Hospital and Southern Hills Hospital will be recognized on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check website ( www.qualitycheck.org ).
Southern Hills Hospital
9300 W. Sunset Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89148
Need to find a physician or get answers to your health questions? Call 702.880.2700.
Eat for free and learn for free at our next H2U Lunch & Learn!
Learn how to save on Medicare Prescription Drug Costs & Live Better with Your Chronic Disease on Thursday, Sept. 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
This event is free, but registration is required: 702.880.2700
Did you know that Congress is pushing to cut more than $100 billion dollars in Medicare and Medicaid funding for hospital care?
In this video , ProtectHealthcareTV.com provides a brief overview on the impact that the passing of this bill could have on elderly individuals. Cutting both Medicare and Medicaid funding would mean emergency room crowding, closing of necessary trauma centers, reduction in hospital nursing staff, and reduction in patient access to the latest hospital treatments. Learn what you can do to stop this $100 billion cut in this full clip.
At the Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center, we believe that all individuals should have equal access to hospital services regardless of age. For more information on our services, visit our website or call (702) 880-2100.
For more information on how you can tell Congress to stop cutting Medicare and Medicaid payments to hospitals, visit protecthealthcare.org or call (866) 887-CARE.