Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center offers comprehensive stroke services, including prompt diagnosis and treatment. From emergency medical service workers in the field to our team of experienced doctors and nurses standing by 24/7, we are always ready to administer care. We also prioritize education and awareness to promote neurological wellness throughout Clark County and Southern Nevada.
A stroke is a medical emergency. If you or someone you know is exhibiting signs of a stroke, call 911 immediately.
Southern Hills Hospital is a Certified Primary Stroke Center recognized by The Joint Commission. This designation recognizes our hospital for providing complete stroke services, including diagnosis, treatment, education, and outreach.
Complete stroke care at the Nevada Neurosciences Institute
The Nevada Neurosciences Institute (NNI) at Southern Hills is known for providing world-class care and pioneering research for brain diseases and injuries. NNI is the region's only dedicated neurosciences center and offers complete neurological care, including treatment for strokes, for adults and children.
Types of strokes we treat
Our neurological team is ready and equipped to treat all types of stroke. The three main types of strokes people experience are:
Ischemic strokes (the most common type of stroke) occur when an artery that supplies the brain is greatly narrowed or blocked. A buildup of plaque causes the artery to narrow. Plaque in the arteries can break off in small pieces, or the rough edges can cause blood clots. Blood clots eventually break free and become stuck in small blood vessels in the brain.
Hemorrhagic strokes occur less frequently than ischemic strokes. However, they're responsible for 30 percent of all stroke deaths. Instead of a blockage, hemorrhagic strokes occur when a blood vessel in the brain ruptures, allowing blood to flow freely into the skull and brain tissue. This blood flow causes damage to the brain cells. Some people have defects in their blood vessels of the brain that make this more likely to occur.
Transient ischemic attacks (TIAs)
TIAs are often called "mini strokes" because they're caused by a temporary blockage of the artery and leave no permanent brain damage. The symptoms of a TIA will go away within 24 hours, depending on which artery is blocked. It's often treated the same as stroke because the symptoms can be similar.
TIAs are a warning sign that should be discussed with your physician. More than 30 percent of people who experience TIAs ultimately experience a stroke.
Identifying the warning signs of a stroke
According to the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of serious, long-term disability. About 795,000 Americans each year suffer a new or recurrent stroke. That means, on average, a stroke occurs every 40 seconds. Strokes kill more than 137,000 people a year. That's about one of every 18 deaths. On average, someone dies from stroke every 4 minutes.
Stroke symptoms occur suddenly but differ depending on the part of the brain affected. Also, multiple symptoms can happen at the same time. If you notice any of the issues below, call 911 right away and get to an emergency room as soon as possible:
- Sudden confusion
- Sudden dizziness, trouble walking, loss of balance or loss of coordination
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble speaking or understanding
- Sudden weakness or numbness of face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
Severe headaches or vertigo (dizziness) can accompany a stroke, but these symptoms aren't typical. However, a sudden change of vision associated with weakness may signal a stroke. Be sure to note when symptoms first appeared, and don't try to drive yourself or a loved one to a hospital. Call for an ambulance so treatment can begin immediately.
If someone is having a stroke, remember to B.E. F.A.S.T.:
- B(alance)—Does the person have a sudden loss of balance?
- E(ye)—Has the person lost vision in one or both eyes?
- F(ace)—Watch for facial drooping. Ask the person to smile, and check if one side of the face droops.
- A(rms)—Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
- S(peech)—Listen for slurred speech. Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Can they do it?
- T(ime)—If you notice any of these symptoms, call 911 immediately. Even if the symptoms go away, you should still call for help.
To help reduce your chance of getting a stroke, take the following actions:
- Check your blood pressure frequently. Follow your doctor's recommendations for keeping it in a safe range.
- Don't use recreational drugs, such as cocaine, heroin, marijuana and amphetamines.
- Drink alcohol only in moderation (no more than two drinks per day).
- Eat more fruits and vegetables, and limit your intake of salt and fat.
- Exercise regularly.
- Increase your consumption of fish.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Seek medical care if you have symptoms of a stroke (even if they stop).
- Stop smoking.
- Take a low dose of aspirin (50-325 milligrams per day) if your doctor says it is safe.
- Take steps to keep chronic medical conditions under control. This includes high cholesterol and diabetes.
- Talk to your doctor about the use of a "statin" drug. It may help prevent certain kinds of strokes.
Las Vegas stroke support groups
Stroke support groups are held every third Wednesday of the month from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the Sunrise Hospital Auditorium. The address is:
3186 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89109