Advanced Heart Care Associates

Stroke Specialist

Cardiology in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV

Stroke services offered in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV

If you’re at risk of developing a stroke, or you’ve already had one, see the experts at Advanced Heart Care Associates, with an office in Henderson, Nevada, and two locations in Las Vegas, Nevada. The exceptional cardiologists help prevent, diagnose, and treat strokes to give everyone the best quality of life possible. Call one of the offices to schedule an appointment or book one online today. If you or a loved one has signs of a stroke, seek medical attention immediately. 

Stroke Q & A

What is a stroke?

A stroke is a condition that occurs when blood supply to your brain gets reduced, which prevents brain tissue from getting the nutrients and oxygen it needs to function properly. Brain cells then begin to die, which can cause permanent damage without proper treatment. 

What are the signs and symptoms of a stroke?

Common signs and symptoms of a stroke include:

  • Numbness or paralysis in your face, leg, or arm
  • Difficulty speaking or understanding words
  • Sudden, severe headache
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Blurry, double, or blackened vision
  • Loss of coordination
  • Trouble walking 
  • Balance problems

A stroke could result because of leaking blood vessels or a blocked or narrowed artery. Temporary blood flow disruption to your brain might not cause lasting symptoms.

Temporary or permanent complications that could result from a stroke include paralysis on one side of your body, language or speech challenges, mood changes, memory loss, and impaired judgment. You might not be able to care for yourself properly after having a stroke.

What are the risk factors for a stroke?

Strokes can happen to anyone, but the following factors increase your risk:

  • Aging
  • Family history of strokes
  • Obesity
  • Heavy drinking
  • Lack of regular exercise
  • Drug use
  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Heart disease
  • Hormone therapies

Adopting healthy habits is the best way to reduce your risk of a stroke. Maintain an ideal body weight, eat nutritious foods, get regular exercise, and don’t smoke, use drugs, or drink excessive amounts of alcohol. Properly manage chronic diseases and their risk factors. 

Your Advanced Heart Care Associates provider can help prevent a stroke by using diagnostic tests to detect narrowed or blocked vessels and treating these or other stroke risk factors.

How is a stroke diagnosed?

To find out if you or a loved one has had a stroke, Advanced Heart Care Associates orders a CT scan, MRI, ultrasound, angiogram, echocardiogram, or another diagnostic test if necessary. They also complete a physical exam and review your symptoms and medical history.

What is the treatment after having a stroke?

The sooner you seek treatment after having a stroke, the better your chance of making a full recovery without permanent complications. Medical providers offer fast-acting IV medications, injections, and emergency procedures to break up blood clots, eliminate blocked vessels, or stop bleeding. Time is of the essence when it comes to getting treatment after a stroke.

During stroke recovery, you may need physical therapy, occupational therapy, psychotherapy, speech therapy, or other types of stroke rehabilitation. 

Diet and exercise changes, as well as properly managing a chronic disease, may be part of your stroke rehab plan. Your cardiologist could recommend additional procedures to reduce your risk of future strokes and heart attacks.

If you suspect that you or a loved one is having a stroke, call 911 or seek medical attention immediately. Call Advanced Heart Care Associates or book an appointment online today for stroke prevention or rehabilitation.