These stroke tips from Pueblo’s Parkview Medical Center could save lives

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In the United States, a person experiences a stroke approximately every 40 seconds, said Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo as the United States celebrates National Stroke Awareness Month in May.

Last year, Parkview treated 469 patients who suffered an ischemic stroke caused by a clogged artery. hemorrhagic stroke, caused by a leaking blood vessel, or transient ischemic attack, often called a TIA or mini-stroke, in which a person has stroke-like symptoms that last only a few minutes.

Throughout May, the medical center highlights the testing and care it provides for stroke patients and educates Puebloans about the symptoms and causes of the leading cause of disability in the United States. and one of the leading causes of death.

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The medical center has a stroke care team that walks patients through tests, including CT scans, MRIs, ultrasound, heart monitoring, and labs. The team also helps patients get expert consultation with neurologists, neurosurgeons, cardiologists, vascular surgeons, and sometimes the palliative team.

Parkview also offers a support group for stroke survivors and their caregivers.

Know the Symptoms

Parkview is using Stroke Awareness Month to raise awareness of common symptoms of strokes – numbness and tingling in one arm, or tripping over words, for example.

Stroke symptoms often start with small symptoms but progress to more severe symptoms of paralysis or the inability to speak, swallow or see, the hospital said.

“The sooner you can identify someone who is having a stroke, the better the chance of a more favorable outcome for the stroke patient through early therapy,” he said. , noting that two million neurons die every minute during a stroke.

Know the risk factors

Obesity is a risk factor for stroke.

High blood pressure is one of the main causes of stroke. Other common medical conditions that can increase the risk of stroke include high cholesterol, coronary heart disease, diabetes, obesity and sickle cell disease, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states on its website.

Studies have suggested that the number of strokes in the United States could more than double by 2050 as Americans live longer, according to an article published last year in the journal “Stroke.”

The burden of stroke “among Hispanics/Latinos – the fastest growing ethnic group in the United States – is particularly high among young people, resulting in early disability and substantial direct and indirect costs,” says the report. ‘article.

Pueblo’s population is overwhelmingly Hispanic, according to Data USA.

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Recent studies have shown that lifestyle choices – including smoking, drinking too much alcohol, eating too much salt or fat, and not getting enough exercise – increase the risk of having a stroke. cerebral. Changing habits and adopting a healthier lifestyle can reduce the risk of having a stroke.

Lifestyle choices, including smoking, increase the risk of stroke.

Parkview nurses help educate patients about diet, exercise, blood pressure management, diabetes management, smoking cessation and other stroke risk factors, said Tiffany Maldonaldo , registered nurse at Parkview.

Stroke steals ‘little things’ many take for granted

Stroke victims often lose the ability to do “the little things that make life worth living,” Maldonaldo said.

“A stroke steals a person’s ability to read a bedtime story to their grandchild, enjoy a meal with family and friends, or take a walk in warm spring weather,” she said. declared.

“A stroke can rob the little things we take for granted, like being able to take a bath independently, say exactly what we’re thinking, or drink a hot cup of coffee.”

Quick action offers the best chance of recovery, Parkview said, urging everyone to learn to recognize the signs of a stroke and call 911 immediately if they recognize them in themselves or others.

Signs of a stroke

Parkview listed stroke symptoms and the latest potentially life-saving advice to produce the acronym BE QUICK — a reminder that a quick response is essential to ensure the best possible health outcome when someone might experience a stroke.

  • Balance: Sudden loss of balance or dizziness
  • Eyes: sudden loss of vision in one or both eyes
  • Fas: facial drooping or numbness on one side; smirk
  • Arm/Leg: Weakness or numbness in an arm or leg
  • SPeech: Garbled or incoherent speech
  • Jime: Call 911 immediately

For more information about Parkview stroke care services, contact Tiffany Maldonaldo at 719-584-4047 or visit www.parkviewmc.com/care-treatment/brain/stroke-care/.

More information about the support group is available at 719-584-4677.

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