At Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, we are qualified to provide complete neurodiagnostic studies. Through our affiliation with Morton Plant Hospital and its Neurosciences Institute, our patients have at their disposal a strong medical advantage in the treatment of brain, spinal cord, nervous disorders and stroke.
Morton Plant North Bay Hospital is certified by DNV GL Healthcare as a Primary Stroke Center. This certification affirms our hospital's readiness to handle a full-range of stroke-related medical problems.
What Is a Stroke?
A stroke is an interruption in the delivery of blood to the brain. Strokes are the leading cause of serious disability and the third leading cause of death in the U.S. A stroke occurs when a vessel that delivers blood to the brain is blocked or an aneurysm (balloon-like pouch on the blood vessel wall) ruptures. However, half of all strokes can be prevented by managing risk factors, according to the American Stroke Association.
- If you have high blood pressure, diabetes or carotid artery disease, make dietary and lifestyle changes recommended by your physician.
- Patients who have experienced a mini-stroke or TIA should take all prescribed medications and treatments. A TIA is a warning that should not be ignored.
- If you are a smoker, now is the time to quit.
- If you don’t exercise, now is the time to start. Lack of regular exercise can contribute to heart disease and stroke. It’s also important to maintain a proper weight and have blood tests for cholesterol, triglycerides and other elements that can indicate increased risk for a stroke. Obesity and waist size have proven to have an important impact in stroke risk: the greatest risk is for men with a waist measurement of 40 inches or larger, and women with a waist of 35 inches or larger.
- Patients with several risk factors (such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and obesity) are much more likely to suffer a stroke than those with just one or two risk factors. This is called metabolic syndrome.
- Use of illegal drugs and excessive consumption of alcohol can also raise your risk for stroke.
Strokes are not painful, so individuals must be able to recognize the symptoms of a stroke or mini-stroke, also known as TIA (transient ischemic attack), and seek medical treatment. About one-third of strokes occur in individuals younger than 65.
- Sudden numbness of the face, arm or leg, usually on one side of the body
- Sudden confusion, or difficulty in speaking
- Sudden vision problems
- Sudden difficulty in walking
- Sudden dizziness and/or loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause.
The warning signs of mini-strokes or TIAs are the same, except that the conditions are temporary. For example, an individual might experience numbness in the face or arms, but regain feeling in a few minutes, or have difficulty seeing but then regain normal vision a few minutes later. TIAs are a warning that the body is likely to experience a stroke. It is extremely important to seek medical evaluation and preventative treatment as quickly as possible.
If you or a loved one is exhibiting signs of a stroke, call 911 or visit an emergency room immediately.
We offer a monthly stroke survivor and caregiver support group. Discuss the recovery process and receive encouragement from your peers.
Stroke Survivors and Caregivers Support Group
Date: Last Thursday of every month
For more information about our support group, please call (727) 843-4586.
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