The hidden cost of beauty, could be your health. A routine visit to the hair salon for a relaxing day or a new look can – with one wrong move – change your life forever. It’s called “Beauty Parlor Stroke Syndrome,” and we’re here to break it down for you. What is it? Beauty parlor stroke syndrome can occur by having your head bent backward, or hyperextended, improperly or for a long period of time during a shampoo at the hair salon. Dr. Robert Coni, medical director of the stroke program at HCA’s Grand Strand Medical Center in Myrtle Beach,… Read more.
Age is just a number; at least, that’s what they say. But experts at two HCA North Texas hospitals received an all-too-common reminder that, regardless of age, stroke does not discriminate. While the risk of stroke increases after age 55, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports an alarming rise in the number of young adults suffering an ischemic stroke, the most common type, in which the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off due to a blockage. According to The Washington Post, there has been a 44 percent increase in hospitalizations for ischemic stroke… Read more.
Rose Medical Center, AirLife Denver and Swedish Medical Center – members of HealthONE, a division of HCA – worked together to save a pregnant mother from a sudden stroke. Discover how the various moving parts, quick thinking teams and a mother’s will to live sparked this incredible success story. It’s a Stroke Mandy Banks noticed she was moving slower than normal and struggling to remember names on the day she went to HCA-affiliate Rose Medical Center for her 38-week pregnancy check-up. When doctors examined Mandy, it quickly became apparent something was not quite right. The treatment team quickly performed an… Read more.
Cardiac event recorders help doctors and nurses monitor a heart’s electrical activity outside of the care setting. And as these recorders have become more common, they’ve also started getting smaller. A new, implantable monitoring device is helping improve cardiac and stroke care by detecting potential problems before an event occurs. It is a loop recorder that’s implanted into the patient’s chest wall. It is used in patients who may have irregular heartbeats, or who have had fainting episodes. The device is less than half the size of its predecessors, and that is making a notable difference in both frequency of… Read more.
Would you know if you were having a stroke? It may be harder to detect than you think. Not long ago, we told you about Diane McPeters who was denied she was having a stroke while she was having it! Her fiancee caught the whole thing on video. Pretty amazing.
Sometimes determining whether someone is having a stroke isn’t easy. But for recent stroke victim Diane McPeters, video footage (shown below) taken by her fiancé Dave O’Neal provided evidence she was having a stroke, even if she didn’t believe it. O’Neal’s quick-thinking to use his phone to capture the event not only provided proof, it gave first responders and Dr. Janardhan a time-stamp for stroke onset. When dealing with a stroke, time is crucial. In most cases, doctors can only guess when a stroke occurred. But O’Neal had the exact timeline on his cell phone. “It was absolutely critical for… Read more.