A stroke, also commonly called a “brain attack,” is a deadly medical event caused by the interruption of blood flow to an area of the brain. Without its normal supply of oxygen, the brain cells become starved of nutrients and can die within minutes. Patients experiencing stroke symptoms who do not seek immediate stroke care can suffer permanent long-term disability and even death. Even men and women at an increased risk, however, can take steps to prevent a stroke.
Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center is proud to offer the community of Las Vegas and the surrounding areas state-of-the-art neurosciences care close to home. Our program specializes in minimally invasive surgical techniques, advanced craniotomy procedures, and the highest quality of stroke care provided by our Joint Commission Certified Stroke Center.
To reduce your risk of a stroke and improve your overall health, consider taking the following steps:
- Exercise more
If you don’t exercise already, then start. Fitting regular physical activity into your daily routine will not only help to improve your mood and cardiovascular health, but can also help to manage many of the risk factors for stroke, including obesity and high blood pressure.
- Eat a diet low in fat and sodium
Diets rich in saturated and trans fats contribute to the development of fatty plaques in the arteries and can increase your risk of a stroke. Diets high in sodium can increase your blood pressure and therefore your risk of a hemorrhagic stroke.Do your body a favor and focus on eating higher volumes of leafy greens, fruits, fish, and whole grains instead of fatty, processed food items.
- Speak with your doctor about chronic medical conditions
Chronic diseases, such as high cholesterol and diabetes, can increase your risk of a stroke when not managed carefully. Your doctor can help you better manage your condition and may prescribe medications to keep cholesterol and blood sugar levels under control.
If you are ever in need of emergency stroke care, you can trust that the experts at Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center will work to evaluate, diagnose, and treat your symptoms as quickly as possible. Learn more about our neurosciences program by calling (702) 880-2100 today.