Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital has been certified by The Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Centers as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center following a detailed, on-site review of the hospital in 2010. It is based on the recommendations for primary stroke centers published by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association’s statements/guidelines for stroke care.
Henry Mayo’s stroke care program follows national standards and guidelines that can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients. More than twenty professionals, including physicians, clinical and ancillary staff, collaborated to design a stroke program that continuously provides safe, high-quality care, treatment, and services for patients. Henry Mayo has received the American Heart Association’s Get with the Guidelines Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award three years in a row
Each year about 795,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke, which is the nation’s fifth leading cause of death. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 45 seconds and someone dies of a stroke every 4 minutes. Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States, with about 4.7 million stroke survivors alive today.
Early treatment of stroke symptoms may mean more treatment options and a better outcome. A stroke can happen to anyone, but according to the National Stroke Association, after the age of 55, your stroke risk doubles every decade.
The warning signs of a stroke include: sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially 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; or sudden, severe headache with no known cause. For more information, call (661) 253-8651.
Risk Factors for Stroke
· High Blood Pressure
· High Cholesterol
· Atrial Fibrillation
· Family History of Stroke
Signs and Symptoms of a Stroke
· Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arms or legs
· Sudden confusion or trouble speaking or understanding others
· Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
· Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, or loss of balance or coordination
· Sudden severe headache with no known cause
How to prevent a stroke
1. Preventing Stroke through healthy Living:.
· Eating a healthy diet
· Maintaining a healthy weight
· Getting enough exercise
· Not smoking
· Limiting alcohol use
2. Preventing Stroke by seeking medical attention for medical conditions that place you at high risk for stroke:
· Check cholesterol @ least once every 5 years
· Control Blood Pressure by checking it on a regular basis.
· Manage diabetes
· Manage heart disease if you have certain conditions like atrial fibrillation.
· Take the medications prescribed by you r physician to treat heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure or diabetes.
Stroke Support Group
The Stroke support group meets on the 2nd Wednesday of every month from 2pm to 3:30pm in the Pavillion Meeting room.