The award winning Stroke Center at Littleton Adventist Hospital is committed to higher standards of stroke care and proper procedure while caring for our patients.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, stroke is the number one cause of serious long-term disability and the third leading cause of death in the United States. For every 12 minutes that pass, a pea-sized portion of brain tissue dies. If 'F.A.S.T. Action' symptoms are present, it is important to dial 911 immediately.
Warning signs of a stroke include:
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg - particularly on one side of the body.
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
- Sudden, severe headache with no known cause.
Most strokes are classified in one of the following ways:
- Ischemic (caused by a blockage in an artery) - Ischemic strokes cause over 80% of all strokes. Ischemia means the deficiency of oxygen in vital tissues. Ischemic strokes are caused by blood clots that are generally one of the following:
- Thrombotic stroke
- Embolic stroke
- Lacunar stroke
- Hemorrhagic (caused by a tear in the artery's wall that produces bleeding in the brain) - Hemorrhagic strokes result in blood inside of the skull vault. The areas of the brain affected will determine symptoms.
Know Your Risk
The good news is that with proper education and a healthy lifestyle, about 80% of all strokes can be prevented. Read over the controllable risk factors and make positive changes as appropriate. If you have a medical condition, talk with your doctor about the proper way to manage it and reduce your risk of having a stroke.
- Smoking and tobacco use
- Alcohol in large amounts
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Atrial fibrillation (AF)
- High cholesterol
A stroke is a medical emergency, call 911 immediately.