Stroke Prevention

To reduce risk factors for stroke, take control. Here’s how to take charge:

  1. Check your blood pressure regularly
  2. Lower your cholesterol
  3. Monitor your blood sugar for diabetes and pre-diabetes
  4. Manage atrial fibrillation
  5. Lose weight
  6. Avoid alcohol consumption
  7. Quit smoking

Time is Brain

While medical advances have greatly improved stroke survival rates, the chances for survival are significantly better if the stroke is diagnosed and treated immediately. Anyone experiencing stroke symptoms should call 911. Paramedics will take you to the nearest stroke receiving center, such as MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center, where there are trained professionals to identify and treat stroke quickly.

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and the number one cause of disability in the U.S.

Strokes can and do occur at any age. When a stroke occurs, fast action and a quick diagnosis can save lives.

For more information on stroke visit our Stroke Care Section.

State-of-the-Art Treatment

MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center offers rapid and efficient minimally invasive treatment of acute stroke, focused on restoring brain function, shortening the path to recovery and getting patients back to their full strength as soon as possible. The hospital has been honored with the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association Gold Plus Award, and is one of only a few U.S. hospitals to earn the Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center certification from The Joint Commission, in collaboration with the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. The hospital meets rigorous standards for performing endovascular thrombectomy (EVT), a specialized procedure to remove a blood clot from the brain during an ischemic stroke.

Stroke Program Medical Director

Dr. Raychev is a board-certified neurologist, and Medical Director of the MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center Stroke Program. Dr. Raychev believes the keys to successful therapy include in-depth knowledge, compassionate care and advanced technoology.