Preventing a stroke

While many neurological disorders cannot be prevented, stroke and transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) are largely preventable. By maintaining good overall cardiovascular health, you can significantly reduce your chances of having a stroke. It starts with a healthy lifestyle and knowing your numbers.

Check with your doctor to get screened for your numbers for:

  • Blood pressure
  • Cholesterol
  • Body mass index (BMI)
  • Blood sugar

By knowing these key numbers, you and your physician can work together on lifestyle changes to improve your health.

Head injury prevention

Injuries to the head, neck and spine can have long-term and often devastating effects. Even mild head injuries such as concussions, need immediate medical attention. Most traumatic brain injuries are the result of falls or motor vehicle accidents. Taking the necessary precautions can prevent a head, neck or spin injury, and possibly save a life.

Precautions against head, neck and spine injuries include:

  • Wearing a seat belt while driving or as a passenger in a car
  • Not driving while distracted or intoxicated
  • Wearing proper sports gear including helmets
  • Wearing a helmet while biking, skateboarding, skiing or snowboarding
  • Using handrails when walking up or down stairs
  • Installing handrails in showers and bathroom areas for elderly family members in your household

Should an accident involving head trauma occur, Scripps offers four emergency room locations in San Diego. In the event of a traumatic brain injury, or neck or spine injury, call 9-1-1.