A stroke is a deadly cerebrovascular event that occurs when blood flow to a part of the brain is interrupted. Without oxygen- and nutrient-rich blood to feed the brain cells, brain tissue can suffer from irreversible damage within minutes. Overland Park Regional’s Certified Primary Stroke Care Center is ready to respond with the most advanced medical technology at any time, day or night. We understand that time is critical and strive to deliver the most effective and organized stroke response possible.
Although prompt and expert treatment is vital in lessening the long-term consequences of a stroke, prevention can help ensure that you avoid a stroke altogether. With the help of an experienced physician, evaluate your risk factors and take the necessary steps towards health. Below are some of the major factors that can increase your risk for a stroke.
- High blood pressure, or hypertension
- High LDL cholesterol
- Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)
- Tobacco or alcohol use
- Sedentary lifestyle (lack of physical activity)
- Obesity and diabetes
- Atrial fibrillation (an abnormal heart rhythm)
- Family history or personal history of stroke or TIA
Even if you do possess one or more of the above risk factors, it is possible to improve your health through simple and easy lifestyle modifications. First, speak with your doctor about controlling any hypertension or high cholesterol through medical treatment or dietary changes. Start a regimen of regular physical activity and modify your diet to contain less sodium and fats. If you smoke, quit. If you have trouble making any of these changes in lifestyle, speak with your doctor for advice and support.
According to the National Stroke Association, stroke is one of the leading causes of death and the number one cause of long-term adult disability in the United States. Do not become a part of these statistics—improve your health and have a certified stroke center in mind if an emergency occurs. If you are interested in learning more about the services Overland Park Regional Medical Center has to offer, call (913) 755-9022 today.