Get the Facts About Stroke
Stroke is a life-threatening vascular emergency that requires swift medical attention. Hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S. suffer a stroke each year. Many of these patients either lose their lives or become permanently disabled. These statistics are troubling, but the exceptional stroke care available at MountainView Hospital can save lives.
The statistics on stroke are sobering. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 795,000 people suffer stroke in the U.S. each year and of these, more than 130,000 patients do not survive. That’s equivalent to a stroke every 40 seconds and a stroke death every four minutes. Even when high-quality stroke care saves a patient’s life, there is a significant risk of long-term disability. More than half of all stroke survivors who are at least 65 years of age struggle to cope with a reduction in mobility, which can subsequently lead to a loss of independence.
The Risk Factors
Stroke is unquestionably a major public health problem, but the majority of all cases of stroke are preventable. Effective management of certain medical conditions and smart lifestyle choices can decrease the risk of stroke. Stroke care specialists urge patients to know their risk factors and consider ways of managing them. Modifiable factors that increase the risk of stroke are smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, sedentary lifestyle, high-fat or otherwise unhealthy diet, and illicit drug use. Certain medical conditions are also risk factors, including sleep apnea, vascular dementia, coronary artery disease, and atrial fibrillation.
The Warning Signs
Managing your risk factors is an effective way to support your health, but it’s also important to know the warning signs of stroke and to get emergency care if they develop. Stroke is characterized by the sudden onset of functional impairments, including visual impairments, confusion, one-sided weakness or paralysis, and slurred speech. Time is of the essence when stroke signs appear; getting emergency care quickly can save a life.
If you or someone else is displaying possible signs of stroke, please call 911 immediately to request emergency care; do not try to drive to the hospital. MountainView Hospital is a Certified Primary Stroke Center that provides residents of Las Vegas with rapid acute care and ongoing support for stroke survivors. If you have a general question about our stroke care, call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (702) 962-5021.