Here for You When Minutes Matter
A stroke occurs when the blood vessels that supply blood to the brain are blocked or ruptured. This causes decreased blood flow to the brain. Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the US.
Every 40 seconds, a person in the U.S. has a stroke. Nearly one in four strokes occur in patients who have already had a stroke before. With this condition, each minute matters to avoid lasting brain damage.
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Types of Stroke
There are several different types of stroke.
- When a clot completely blocks the flow of blood to the brain, it is called an ischemic stroke.
- A hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel ruptures and cannot send blood to the brain.
- A transient ischemic attack (TIA), also called a mini stroke, occurs when one or more blood clots temporarily block blood flow.
Summerlin Hospital is here to help with quality stroke care when you need us most.
Advanced Primary Stroke Center
Summerlin Hospital holds The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association®/American Stroke Association’s® Heart-Check Mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. To earn the designation, the hospital was closely evaluated in areas like stroke program management, delivery of clinical care and performance improvement.
The Advanced Primary Stroke Center at Summerlin Hospital offers:
- Access to local neurological services
- Individualized care to meet stroke patients’ needs
- Increased awareness of stroke prevention and education throughout our community
- Rehabilitation services by a trained team of professionals
In addition, Summerlin Hospital was awarded the American Heart Association Get With The Guidelines® Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll (2020).
Remember, about 80 percent of strokes are preventable. The best way to keep your brain healthy is to avoid a stroke in the first place. Some ways to help prevent this condition are to do the following:
- Keep your blood pressure controlled through lifestyle changes and/or medications
- Don't smoke or stop smoking
- Take steps to manage your cholesterol
- Limit your alcohol consumption
- Exercise regularly
- Maintain a healthy weight
Signs of Possible Stroke? BE FAST!
When a stroke strikes, every second matters. As time elapses, damage to the brain can be more severe. Learn to BE FAST if you think you or a loved one is having a stroke.
BALANCE – Does the person have a sudden loss of balance or coordination?
EYES – Has the person lost vision in one or both eyes or have they had sudden double vision?
FACE – Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
ARMS – Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
SPEECH – Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is it slurred or strange?
TIME – Time is critical! If you see any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.