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Carilion physicians provide the highest level of stroke care in Southwest Virginia

Carilion physicians provide the highest level of stroke care in Southwest Virginia

ROANOKE, Va. – Doctors at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital said they see more than 1,000 people each year who have had a stroke.

During Stroke Prevention Awareness Month, doctors said a healthy lifestyle will prevent this serious condition.

“Maintain a healthy weight, exercise regularly, avoid smoking, limit alcohol consumption and have routine medical check-ups with a doctor,” says Dr. Biraj Patel of Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

Patel said it’s crucial to recognize any warning signs of a stroke. He said doctors use an acronym called BE-FAST. He said some signs include balance, eye or speech problems. Patel also said that a face drooping to one side, not smiling correctly or weakness in the arms are reasons to see your doctor immediately.

“T’s for time, don’t waste time. Call 9-1-1 immediately,” Patel said.

In Southwest Virginia, an average of about 200 people were hospitalized with a stroke in each of our five zones, according to the latest data from the Virginia Department of Health. In Bedford County, 252 people were hospitalized with a stroke in 2022. Henry County saw 124 people hospitalized in 2022. In Montgomery County, 197 people were hospitalized with a stroke. In Roanoke County, 310 people were hospitalized in 2022, and in Roanoke City, 454 people were hospitalized in 2022. Meanwhile, Rockbridge County saw 37 people hospitalized for stroke in 2022.

Patel said Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital provides the highest level of stroke prevention care in Southwest Virginia. He said it provides specialized imaging so doctors can see where the blockage is and how much tissue is at risk. There is also a special procedure that only Carilion offers in the region.

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