Healthy New Year’s Resolution: Striving for Stroke Prevention
Stroke is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. When a stroke occurs, emergency care can help preserve brain tissue, stave off long-term complications, and even saves lives. However, while fast treatment is good, prevention is even better. You can’t completely eradicate the risk of a stroke, but there are many things you can do to significantly lower your risk of becoming a victim. This year, make it one of your resolutions to invest time in keeping your brain healthy. If you or someone you love has suffered from a stroke, MountainView Hospital offers a stroke support group that helps families affected by stroke.
People who smoke have between a two and four time greater risk of having a stroke than non-smokers. One of the main problems with smoking is that it contributes to atherosclerosis in the carotid artery, which is the main source of blood supply to the brain. When this artery becomes clogged and blood supply to the brain is diminished, a stroke occurs. Smoking also makes your blood thicker, so that it clots easier, and reduces the amount of oxygen in your blood. These factors also boost your risk of a stroke.
Poorly controlled diabetes can have a disastrous effect on your blood vessels, including those in your brain, which will up your stroke risk. Further, if blood sugar levels are high at the time of a stroke, the resulting brain damage may be more severe. By controlling your blood sugar levels with diet and medication, you can reduce your risk of stroke and of significant complications if one does occur. MountainView Hospital has great opportunities to learn more about diabetes by offering classes on diabetes essentials such as diet.
Being overweight can trigger a long list of health complications that are associated with an increased risk of having a stroke. If you are overweight, you are more likely to have high blood pressure, heart diseases, and type 2 diabetes. Losing even a small amount of weight can dramatically curb your stroke risk.
If you think you are experiencing a stroke, go to the ER at MountainView Hospital immediately. Our Las Vegas stroke center can help you with both urgent care and recovery. Find out about all of our hospital services by calling (702) 233-5474.