When you experience symptoms of a stroke, get to Hobbs Hospital. We are
certified by The Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center. That's
important, because these accredited stroke centers have demonstrated expertise
in the early assessment, rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke emergencies
according to The Joint Commission.
Stroke, also called a brain attack, occurs when blood flow to the brain
is disrupted. Disruption in blood flow is caused when either a blood clot
blocks one of the vital blood vessels in the brain (ischemic stroke),
or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts, spilling blood into surrounding
tissues (hemorrhagic stroke).
Our stroke team collaborates with local EMS to provide patients with quick
access to our advanced diagnostic and treatment technology. If you think
you or a loved one may be having a stroke, dial 9-1-1 immediately. Do
not drive yourself to the hospital.
Stroke Prevention Health Tips
- Diabetes and High Blood Pressure - Having diabetes as well as high blood
pressure dramatically increases the risk for having a silent stroke, according
to the American Stroke Association. This, in turn, can increase the risk
for having a regular stroke. People with high blood pressure and diabetes
need to control these chronic conditions to reduce their future stroke risk.
- Fruits and Vegetables Protect Against Stroke - Eating fruits and green
or yellow vegetables daily may protect against stroke. A 48-year study
of 120,321 people found almost-daily consumption of green and yellow vegetables
reduced the risk for death from stroke by 26 percent in both men and women,
compared with those who ate no vegetables more than once a week. Almost-daily
fruit intake reduced the risk by 35 percent in men and 25 percent in women.
The study was published in 2003 in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart
- Potassium and Stroke - Eating foods containing potassium could reduce your
risk for stroke. One study in the journal Stroke found that people who
consumed fewer than 2,300 mg of potassium per day had a 50 percent higher
stroke risk than those who consumed more than 4,100 mg. Good sources of
potassium include baked potatoes with skin, plain yogurt, cantaloupes
and honeydew melons, halibut and tuna steaks, grapefruit, orange or prune
juice, bananas and molasses.
- Smoking Boosts Stroke Risk - Men who smoke increase their risk for bleeding
stroke every time they light up, says the American Stroke Association.
An 18-year study of more than 20,000 men found that those who smoke more
than a pack of cigarettes a day double their stroke risk compared with
people who have never smoked or those who've kicked their habits.
- Stress and Stroke Risk - People who say they are highly stressed have double
the risk for fatal stroke as people who say they are stress-free, according
to the American Stroke Association. Researchers believe this may be the
case because stressed people tend to have more cardiovascular risk factors,
including smoking, a sedentary lifestyle, higher alcohol consumption and
high blood pressure.