Don’t let common myths about stroke prevent you from safeguarding your health. You might think, for example, that only the elderly can suffer from stroke. In fact, many strokes occur in young people – even infants. Unfortunately, younger people who suffer a stroke are less likely to heed the warning signs and seek emergency care. Another common myth is that stroke involves a heart problem. In fact, stroke affects the brain. It occurs when a blood clot lodges in a blood vessel, blocking blood flow to the brain and killing brain cells. Stroke can also occur if a blood vessel within the brain ruptures, causing bleeding on the brain.
It’s commonly thought that stroke is an unpreventable medical problem. Fortunately, most incidences of stroke are indeed preventable. There are many controllable risk factors that you can modify to decrease your likelihood of ending up in a stroke center. These include working with your doctor to control medical conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, atrial fibrillation, and atherosclerosis.
The Stroke Center at Palms of Pasadena Hospital provides a continuum of care – from emergency room services through rehabilitation for our stroke patients. Residents throughout St. Petersburg can call (855) 245-8328 to ask questions about the Stroke Center at our community hospital.