An award-winning comprehensive stroke center
Los Robles Regional Medical Center is proud to be Ventura County’s first certified comprehensive stroke center. We are proud that the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association have also recognized our stroke program for our quality patient care and outcomes.
To find a Los Robles Regional Medical Center physician specializing in stroke treatment, please call our Consult-A-Nurse® line at (877) 888-5746.
Additionally, Los Robles Regional Medical Center is proud to be the recipient of the American Heart Association’s “Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.” This prestigious award recognizes our commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for stroke rehabilitation by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted guidelines.
What is stroke?
A stroke occurs when brain cells die due to a lack of blood flow to the brain tissue. There are two types of stoke:
- An ischemic stroke occurs the blood supply to part of the brain is interrupted suddenly.
- A hemorrhagic stroke happens a blood vessel bursts and leaks blood into or around the brain.
It is vital to recognize the signs of a stroke. They are sudden and may include:
- Numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, often on one side of the body
- Confusion or trouble speaking or understanding speech
- Difficulty seeing in one or both eyes
- Trouble with balance or walking
- Severe headache with no known cause, sometimes with nausea or vomiting
Quick treatment can stop some strokes as they are occurring. The sooner you get to the hospital for treatment, the greater your chance for a meaningful recovery.
Are you at risk?
Some risk factors for stroke we cannot control. Age is an example of this—the risk of having a stroke approximately doubles for each decade of life after the age of 55, according to the American Heart Association. In addition, if you have a family history of stroke or heart disease you have a higher risk of having a stroke. However, most risk factors for stroke we can control. Some important risk factors we can control are:
- Controlling high blood pressure
- Quitting smoking
- Managing your diabetes
- Managing your cholesterol levels
If you think you or a loved one are having a stroke, call 9-1-1 immediately.
Whether you or a loved one is experiencing stroke symptoms, we want you to feel assured that Los Robles Regional Medical Center’s multidisciplinary stroke team is available at all times.