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some individuals at higher risks. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, an irregular heart rhythm, sleep apnea, smoking, obesity, and excessive alcohol intake can increase a person’s risk of having a stroke. Age, sex, family history, and race can also have an impact on your risk of stroke. AfricanAmericans, Asians, Hispanics, and women are considered high-risk populations. Amber Parker, RN, MSN, Senior Director of Critical Care Services, says the hospital seems to have been successful so far in educating the public concerning the symptoms of stroke. “In January of 2012, 19 stroke patients were seen in the hospital,” Parker notes. “In January of 2013, 45 stroke patients were seen. That tells us we’re getting the word out and providing education, and that more people are recognizing the symptoms of strokes earlier.” LCRH is now a certified Primary Stroke Center partnered with the UK HealthCare/Norton HealthCare Stroke Affiliate Network. Venters says a portion of the fourth floor of the hospital was opened in April of 2011 as a “Stroke Unit” - a 29-bed unit allowing all stroke patients to receive treatment in an area staffed by

personnel with specialized training in treating stroke. The unit uses the “One Stop” model of care. The level of care given revolves around the patient’s needs, all within the same unit, rather than moving the patient from room to room based on the level of care needed. Physicians in this unit include neurologists Jose Cardenas and P.D. Patel and neurosurgeons Amr El-Naggar and Magdy El-Kalliny.

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Nurses Jessica Douglas, Amber Parker, and Kelly Venters pose outside a critical care room in Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital’s Neuro Intensive Care unit. The Neuro ICU allows stroke patients to stay in the same unit of the hospital for the duration of their stay.

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Southern Kentucky Health and Family, May 2013  

Southern Kentucky Health & Family Journal is a publication of and is distributed by Newspaper Holdings, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of...

Southern Kentucky Health and Family, May 2013  

Southern Kentucky Health & Family Journal is a publication of and is distributed by Newspaper Holdings, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of...

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