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Preventing Heart Disease

The risk of heart attack and stroke increases with age. That's why it's important to continue protecting yourself as you grow older:
  • Talk to your doctor so you know your risk
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Don't smoke or quit if you do
  • Exercise and be active
  • Limit unhealthy fats in your diet
  • Eat more fruits, veggies, and fiber
  • Drink alcohol in moderation
  • Always discuss your medications with your doctor -- even the ones that don't require a prescription. And always follow the prescribed dosage assigned by your doctor.

In the event you need cardiac care, St. Mary's of Michigan -- together with our affiliate Michigan Cardiovascular Institute -- offer the finest and most complete cardiac facilities in the area, including cath labs, electrophysiology labs, comprehensive non-invasive diagnostic cardiology, and operating room suites dedicated to cardiac surgery.
 
If you don't have a physician, call 1-844-907-8000.

Stroke

Stroke Awareness, F.A.S.T.Awareness of the "warning signs" of stroke will help you seek help sooner, improving your chances of survival and limiting damage to your body. Remember, treatment is most effective when started immediately.
  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause

All of these are common symptoms of stroke. However, people may experience symptoms differently. Some people may have no warning. 

One other possible warning sign of a stroke is a transient ischemic attack (TIA). A TIA is a temporary interruption of blood flow to the brain, with symptoms that may resolve over several minute to hours. A TIA may indicate that a stroke is about to occur. Therefore, further medical evaluation is essential.

If you experience any of these "warning signs," call 9-1-1 immediately. Do not drive yourself. Emergency crews are trained to assess your condition on the spot and begin immediate life-saving treatment. 

Exercise your preference with your emergency crew. Tell them you want to come to St. Mary's of Michigan.

St. Mary's of Michigan is certified as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. 
     

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