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Cardiovascular Disease

Stroke

Did you Know?
Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death and disability nationwide and fifth in Nevada. On average, every 40 seconds someone in the United States has a stroke. However, 80 percent of strokes are preventable by taking small steps. Simple lifestyle changes like maintaining a healthy diet, managing your blood pressure, maintaining a healthy weight, being physically active, and not smoking can all help reduce your risk for stroke. Make sure to talk to your healthcare provider about your risk factor for stroke.

What is a Stroke?
A stroke is sometimes referred to a “brain attack.” Stroke occurs when blood flow to an area of the brain is restricted by a clot. The brain cells that are now deprived of blood flow begin to die because they are not receiving oxygen and nutrients needed to survive.

There are two types of stroke. The most common type of stroke, called ischemic, is caused by a blood clot that blocks or plugs a blood vessel in the brain. The second type of stroke, called hemorrhagic, occurs when a blood vessel in the brain ruptures. Hemorrhagic stroke is commonly caused by high blood pressure and brain aneurysms.

If you or someone you know were having a stroke, do you know the warning signs and symptoms? Learning how to act F.A.S.T. can save a life. 

  • F – Face Drooping. Does one side of the face droop or feel numb?
  • A – Arm weakness. Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  • S – Slurred Speech. Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand?
  • T – Time counts. Notice any of these warning signs? Call 9-1-1 immediately.

Stroke Support and Education Groups

Mountain View Hospital
First Tuesday of every month 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Mountain View H2U Office Suite 114
For more information, call (702) 233-5474.

Spring Valley Hospital
Learn about life after a stroke from survivors and experts.
Third Friday of each month 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. 
Use the main entrance of the hospital and follow the signage for the Stroke Support Group. For more information, call (702) 853-3162.

 

High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is a common condition that occurs when the force of the blood against your artery walls is high enough that it may eventually cause health problems, such as heart disease.

Blood pressure is determined by the amount of blood your heart pumps and the amount of resistance to blood flow in your arteries. The more blood your heart pumps and the narrower your arteries, the higher your blood pressure.

Here are some tools to help you manage your high blood pressure.

 

 



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