Joint Commission Certified Primary Stroke Center in Las Vegas, Nevada

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The Joint Commission Certified Primary Stroke Center at MountainView Hospital offers services including diagnosis, treatment, education and outreach. Through the program, a trained team of doctors and nurses works to identify stroke symptoms as quickly as possible, beginning with emergency medical service workers in the field. The center also increases education and awareness of stroke symptoms to both healthcare professionals and the community.

To find a MountainView Hospital physician specializing in stroke care, please call (702) 962-5021.

Stroke center recognition

The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognize this hospital for the following accomplishments:

  • Achieving 85 percent or higher compliance with all Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke Achievement Measures for two or more consecutive years
  • Achieving 75 percent or higher compliance with five or more Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke Quality Measures for two or more consecutive years
  • Achieving Time to Intravenous Thrombolytic Therapy less than or equal to 60 minutes in 50 percent or more of applicable acute ischemic stroke patients to improve quality of patient care and outcomes

Stroke statistics

  • 130,000 people in the U.S. die of stroke each year.
  • On average, someone in the U.S. dies from a stroke every four minutes.
  • Over 795,000 people in the U.S. have a stroke every year.
    • About 610,000 of these strokes are first strokes.
    • 185,000 of these strokes occur in people who have already had a stroke.
  • Strokes cost the U.S. about $34 billion each year. This includes health care, medications and missed days at work.

Stroke symptoms

Symptoms occur suddenly. They differ depending on the part of the brain affected. In addition, multiple symptoms can happen at the same time. Getting help immediately is important, because brain tissue dies quickly when deprived of oxygen. Pay attention to these factors to work against stroke:

  • Sudden weakness or numbness of face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion
  • Sudden trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden dizziness, trouble walking, loss of balance, or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause

Another way to observe stroke symptoms is to “Act F.A.S.T.”:

  • F – Face droops on one side when the person tries to smile
  • A – Arm drifts down when the person raises both arms
  • S – Speech is slurred or strange when saying a simple phrase
  • T – Time to call 911 if you observe any of these symptoms
 If you observe any of these stroke symptoms, call 911 right away.

Stroke prevention

There are certain risk factors that can place you closer to experiencing a stroke, such as:

  • Increasing age
  • Family history of stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Smoking
  • Obesity

To help reduce your chance of getting a stroke, take the following steps:

  • Exercise regularly
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables. Limit dietary salt and fat
  • Stop smoking
  • Increase your consumption of fish
  • Drink alcohol only in moderation (One to two drinks per day)
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Check blood pressure frequently. Follow your doctor's recommendations for keeping it in a safe range
  • Take a low dose of aspirin (50 to 325 milligrams per day) if your doctor says it is safe
  • 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 in some people
  • Seek medical care if you have symptoms of a stroke, even if symptoms stop
  • Stop the use of recreational drugs (cocaine, heroin, marijuana, amphetamines)

It is important for you to remain diligent about your health and consistently visit your primary care physician or finding a physician that specializes in stroke care.

To find a MountainView Hospital physician specializing in stroke care, please call (702) 233-5454.

Stroke support group

The MountainView stroke group is intended to help patients, caregivers and families share experiences related to stroke as well as learn about the recovery process and life after stroke. This free service allows patients to discuss various insights on living after stroke and creating a stroke care plan.

Location and time

The stroke group meets the first Tuesday of each month from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

MountainView H2U Office
3150 North Tenaya Way, Suite 114
Las Vegas, NV 89128

To register for the support group or to get more information, call (702) 962-5021.