Brain & Neuro Care
Quick assessment at the Primary Stroke Center
Every second counts when it comes to recognizing and treating the effects of a stroke, the leading cause of severe, long-term disability and even death. The Primary Stroke Center at Lakewood Regional Medical Center is designed to quickly assess and treat patients who have experienced that sudden loss of oxygen and nutrients to the brain — caused when a blood vessel either bursts or is blocked by a clot. Our stroke program offers you:
- An on-call neurologist 24 hours a day
- Stroke-trained nurses in the Emergency Department and Critical Care Unit
- Advanced technologies for diagnosing, evaluating and treating stroke
- Strict care guidelines developed by the American Stroke Association
Warning signs of a stroke
A stroke is a medical emergency. Know these warning signs and teach them to others:
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg
- Sudden confusion and trouble speaking or understanding
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden dizziness, trouble walking and/or loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden, severe headache with no known cause
Risk factors that contribute to stroke
Some stroke risks are hereditary, while others can result from your lifestyle. You can’t change the factors related to heredity or natural processes, but you can modify those resulting from lifestyle or your environment with the help of our healthcare professionals. Risks include:
- High blood pressure
- Heart and artery disease
- Cigarette smoking
- Sickle cell disease
- High blood cholesterol
- Poor diet
- Physical inactivity
Risk factors that you cannot change:
- Age — Your chance of having a stroke approximately doubles for each decade of life after the age of 55.
- Heredity — Your risk of stroke is greater if a parent, grandparent or sibling has had a stroke.
- Gender — Stroke is more common in men than women, although more than half of total stroke deaths occur in women
- Prior stroke, transient ischemic attack (TIA) or heart attack — Your risk of having another stroke is greater if you’ve suffered from one of these events in the past.
For more information on the resources of the Primary Stroke Center, call (855) 580-3668.