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It’s time to take stroke seriously—free stroke awareness seminar

Sugar Land, TX - 4/1/2013

Are you one of the millions of women who downplay stroke as a “mostly male” health problem? If so, get ready for some sobering facts.

In 2010, women accounted for 60% of all stroke-related fatalities. The truth is, stroke claims more than twice as many lives as breast cancer. Worse, a woman’s risk of stroke increases significantly once she enters menopause, and it keeps rising as she gets older.

James Ling, M.D., Medical Director of Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Stroke ProgramJames Ling, M.D., Medical Director of Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Stroke Program

Stroke takes two forms. “Ischemic stroke occurs when a clot shuts off an artery that supplies oxygen-rich blood to the brain,” says James Ling, M.D., board certified neurologist and medical director of the Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Stroke Program. “Brain damage results in the death of millions of brain cells. Ischemic clots may form close to the brain, such as in the neck, or they may form farther away, near the heart or lungs.”

The second type, a hemorrhagic stroke, occurs when a weakened blood vessel bursts, either inside the brain (intracerebral) or on its surface. Hemorrhaging blood drowns cells in nearby brain tissue. Such strokes are uncommon but are often so severe they cause death.

“In either event, stroke is the end result of cardiovascular disease (CVD), which over the years slowly narrows and weakens the arteries,” says Dr. Ling. He identifies the following as risk factors for stroke:

  • Untreated hypertension
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Bad cholesterol
  • Obesity

These and other risk factors such as a family history of stroke, race (particularly African-American), poor diet, lack of exercise and having other heart problems like atrial fibrillation or congestive heart failure can increase the odds of a stroke.

“Some strokes are preceded by ministrokes, called transient ischemic attacks, or TIAs,” says Dr. Ling. “They are very fast, milder versions of a full stroke and a warning of a potential major stroke in the future. TIAs require immediate medical attention.”

Methodist Sugar Land Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® — Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines.

To learn more about the signs and symptoms of a stroke that could potentially save your life or that of a loved one, join us at our free seminar!


Join us for a free Stroke Awareness Seminar presented by Dr. James Ling. May 9, 6:00 p.m. at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Conference Center. There will be refreshments and door prizes for attendees. Call 281-274-7500 or email SLRSVP@tmhs.org to reserve a seat.