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Brain Injury & Stroke Support Group

Open to stroke survivors, caregivers and anyone who would like information.

Brain Injury & Stroke Support Group

Call 276-236-1612

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Patients should work with their doctor to reduce their personal risk of a stroke.

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Stroke SignsStroke Prevention

Up to 80% of Strokes CAN be prevented by working with your doctor to reduce personal risk. Risk factors to control are:

  • Know your blood pressure. High blood pressure is the biggest stroke risk factor if left untreated.
  • Identify atrial fibrillation (AFib). Irregular heart beats may cause clots to form in the heart which can lead to a stroke.
  • Stop smoking. Smoking doubles the risk of stroke.
  • Control diabetes. Make sure your blood sugar level is under control and follow doctor’s advice.
  • Know your cholesterol number. Control with diet, exercise and possibly medication.
  • Exercise. Eat healthy and  increase your activity. 30 minutes of exercise for five or more days each week is recommended.
  • Recognize and treat sleep apnea. Individuals with sleep apnea have double the risk of stroke than those without sleep apnea.
  • Manage diet/decrease salt intake. Eat healthy cutting down on salt and fat in your diet.
  • Decrease alcohol intake. Heavy drinking can increase risk for stroke.

Women and Strokes

  • 55,000 more women than men have strokes each year
  • Stroke kills twice as many women as breast cancer every year
  • Women have more disability after a stroke

Women May Have Additional Stroke Symptoms

  • Sudden face and limb pain
  • Sudden hiccups
  • Sudden nausea
  • Sudden general weakness
  • Sudden chest pain
  • Sudden shortness of breath
  • Sudden palpitations

Stroke Risk Factors Unique to Women

  • Taking birth control pills.
  • Preeclampsia and eclampsia during pregnancy increases stroke risk later in life.
  • Hormone replacement therapy. Hormone therapy that includes estrogen and progesterone to relieve menopausal symptoms.
  • Thick waist and high triglycerides. Waist greater than 35.2 inches and triglyceride level higher than 128 mg/L.
  • Migraine headaches especially with auras. Increase stroke risk 3 to 6 times.

Primary Stroke Center CertificationJoint Commission Certified Primary Stroke Center

Twin County Regional Hospital is a Certified Primary Stroke Center and offers services for diagnosing and treating stroke patients.

  • Emergency Services - performs rapid identification of strokes and provides current  treatment options. 
  • Teleneurology - patients are evaluated by skilled neurologists specializing in stroke via the latest telemedicine equipment.
  • Diagnostic Imaging - provides emergent CT scanning 24/7.  Able to perform Magnetic  Resonance Imaging (MRI).
  • Stroke Unit - provides individualized stroke care and education. 
  • Rehabilitation Services - provides physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy in the hospital and outpatient setting.

Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

Gold Plus Stroke Certification

At Twin County Regional Healthcare, we’re committed to providing stroke care that aligns with the latest research-based treatment guidelines. Studies show patients can recover better when these guidelines are consistently followed. We’re proud to be recognized by the American Heart Association for our achievement in the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke and Target: Stroke quality programs. Another way Twin County Regional Healthcare is working to improve healthcare for you and your family.

For additional information, please call 276.236.1612 or send an email to Carla.Gunter@LPNT.net

Stroke Support Group

Brain Injury & Stroke Support Group 

This group is open to stroke survivors, caregivers and anyone who would like information. To learn more, please call 276.236.1612.