A stroke is caused by a sudden interruption of blood flow in the brain. Within minutes, you’re brain cells begin to die. If you’re experiencing the following symptoms do not ignore them, a stroke is a medical emergency. At UHS Wilson Medical Center, we’ve been designated by the New York State Department of Health as a regional stroke center. With the area’s largest team of neurologists, neurosurgeons and neuroradiologists; a specially staffed neurosurgery operating room; and complete inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation programs, the stroke team at UHS Wilson Medical Center is prepared with the latest methods to minimize the effects of stroke.
Signs of stroke include:
Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or difficulty understanding speech
Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes, or double vision
Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or lessened coordination
Sudden severe headache
Drowsiness, nausea or vomiting
Risk factors for stroke:
Previous stroke or TIA (increases stroke risk 10 times)
History of heart disease or high blood pressure, especially if you’ve had a heart attack or atrial fibrillation (increases stroke risk 4 to 6 times)
Smoking (increases stroke risk 2 times)
Diabetes, especially if you have other risk factors, too
You can lower you risk for a stroke with improvements in your diet and increased exercise. Eat foods that are low in saturated fats and salt adding more fruits, vegetables and fiber to your menu. Opt for low-fat, lean meats, like fish or skinless white meat poultry. Thirty minutes of exercise daily should be your goal, but any will help. Monitor and manage your blood pressure, weight and cholesterol levels. Lastly, quit smoking. Your risk immediately decreases the moment you stop. Be sure to see your doctor regularly if you are at high risk of stroke.
With a stroke, time matters. We give you more of it.
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