Someone in the US suffers a stroke
every 40 seconds.
Every 40 seconds— that’s 1440 people a day. And if we don’t act fast, that can result in millions of disabilities or deaths. So, if you have even the slightest feeling that you or a family member is having a stroke, stop reading this and call 911 or take them straight to the emergency room. It is well worth the visit, even if it turns out to be nothing serious.
Stroke patients who receive tPA treatment within 90 minutes of the time the symptoms appear are almost 3x more likely to recover with little or no disability.
The Sooner We See You The Better
Hospitality Health ER’s board-certified emergency room doctors in Tyler and Longview are prepared to administer tPA treatment to stroke patients. The tissue Plasminogen Activator is a strong “clot dissolving” medicine that should be administered immediately to restore blood flow to the brain.
So the sooner you can get to an emergency room, the better. Rapid response and treatment not only improves your chances of survival but also may reduce complications. At Hospitality Health ER, you’ll be taken back immediately and receive the urgent care, assessment, and treatment you need.
Think F.A.S.T. Face Drooping – One side of the face droops or is numb. The person’s smile is uneven. Arm Weakness – One arm is weak or numb. Difficulty raising both arms with one arm drifting downward. Speech Difficulty – Slurred speech. Is the person unable to speak clearly or are they hard to understand? Time to go the ER – If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 or get the person to an ER immediately. Make note of the the time so you can let the doctor know when the first symptoms appeared.
Keep Calm and Call 911. Don’t hesitate to get medical attention right away. Hospitality Health ER in Longview also takes walk-ins at our 3111 McCann Road location. As stated earlier, it’s always best to get checked out even if it doesn’t turn out to be a stroke or anything serious. Stay with your loved one. Stay with the stroke victim to ensure they don’t further injure themselves by falling. Also stay calm and positive, so the person doesn’t panic. Do not give the person food or medicine, including aspirin. Doing so may further complicate their condition. Note when the stroke took place and any medications that the person may have taken prior to the stroke. This is critical information so the doctor can evaluate potential causes of the stroke and prevent negative drug interactions.
Every stroke is different, so it can affect your body in different ways. For some people, the effects are minor and short-lived while others are left to deal with serious long term problems. A stroke can affect how your body works. The most common problems involve:
- Muscle weakness or paralysis which affects movement, mobility and balance. This typically impacts one side of the body and can cause pain or discomfort.
- Bladder and bowel control
- Excessive tiredness
There are also some subtle effects of a stroke:
- Communication: Some stroke victims find it difficult to speak or comprehend what others are saying to them.
- Memory and Cognitive Difficulties: Some victims have problems with forgetfulness, problem-solving, or navigating to a destination.
- Emotional and behavioral problems: What many don’t know is that a stroke can impact your ability to control your emotions and behaviors. Some patients struggle with anxiety, anger or depression that they never experienced prior to the stroke.
On a positive note, many disabilities, behavior changes, and emotional disturbances resulting from a stroke can improve over time.
Diseases or conditions put you at higher risk of a stroke:
- High blood pressure is the main risk factor for stroke.
- Heart diseases including coronary heart disease, cardiomyopathy, heart failure, and atrial fibrillation can cause blood clots that can lead to a stroke.
- Brain aneurysms or arteriovenous malformations (AVMs).
- Sickle cell disease
- Vasculitis (inflammation of the blood vessels)
- Bleeding disorders
- Overweightness and Obesity
Demographics that are more prone to strokes than others:
- Age and gender. Younger men are at higher risk for stroke; however, women are more likely to die from a stroke. The risk of stroke increases with age.
- Race and ethnicity. Strokes are more common in African American, Alaska Native, and American Indian adults than with white, Hispanic, or Asian American adults.
- Family history of stroke or TIA. If you have a family history of stroke, you have an increased risk of having one. And if you’ve had a stroke or TIA before, your probability of having another one is higher.
Lifestyle choices that increase your risk of stroke:
- Alcohol and illegal drug use, including cocaine, amphetamines, and other drugs
- Smoking. Smoking can damage blood vessels and raise blood pressure. Smoking also may reduce the amount of oxygen that reaches your body’s tissues. Exposure to secondhand smoke also can damage the blood vessels.
- Lack of physical activity
- Stress and depression
- Unhealthy cholesterol levels
- Unhealthy diet
- Use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs),like ibuprofen and naproxen, may increase the risk of heart attack or stroke, especially in patients who have had a heart attack or cardiac bypass surgery. The risk may increase the longer NSAIDs are used.
- Birth Control Pills: Women who take birth control pills also are at a slightly higher risk of stroke.
80% of strokes can be prevented. – American Stroke Association According to the American Heart Association, what’s good for your health is good for your heart. To lower your risk of stroke, heart disease, and many other conditions, follow Life’s Simple 7:
- Don’t smoke.
- Eat a healthy diet.
- Be physically active.
- Maintain a healthy body weight.
- Control your cholesterol.
- Control your blood sugar levels.
Control your blood pressure.
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