SAVE B.R.A.I.N.S.

SAVE B.R.A.I.N.S.

SAVE B.R.A.I.N.S.

Picture The Eisenhower Medical Center SAVE B.R.A.I.N.S. stroke education program is now being adopted by other institutions and disseminated nationwide through the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses.

Blood Pressure Control
Reduce Cholesterol / Risk Factors
Anticoagulants / Antithrombotics
Increase Activity
No Smoking / Drug Abuse
Sugar Control for Diabetics


PREVENTION IS THE BEST TREATMENT FOR STROKE

Blood Pressure Control

Control Your Blood Pressure
  • Know your doctor-recommended blood pressure range
  • Check  your pharmacy/grocery store; they may have free blood pressure checks
  • Never stop blood pressure medications without your doctor's approval

Reduce Cholesterol / Risk Factors

Control Your Diet
  • Limit fats and cholesterol
  • Limit salt intake

Anticoagulants / Antithrombotics

Understand and Manage Atrial Fibrillation (A-Fib)
  • Understand the role of antithrombotic/anticoagulants (blood thinners)
Download an Anticoagulant Factsheet

Increase Activity

Healthy lifestyle choices can prevent future strokes.
  • Lack of exercise is a factor you can control
  • Consult with your doctor about what level of activity is right for you

No Smoking / Drug Abuse

Stop Smoking
  • Not just for your brain
  • If you need help quitting, talk to your nurse or doctor. Eisenhower Medical Center has a program to help you stop smoking that is available to you by calling (760) 773-2080
Alcohol and Drugs
  • Alcohol increases your chances of getting a brain problem, including stroke and dementia
  • The use of drugs, especially meth, can cause death from stroke
  • If you or a loved one has experienced negative consequences from alcohol or drug use, there is support available in your community:
           o Alcoholics Anonymous: (760) 324-4880
           o Narcotics Anonymous: (760) 346-5800
           o Alcohol and Drug Helpline: 800-821-4357

Sugar Control for Diabetics

Control Your Blood Sugar
  • Follow your Practitioner's orders for monitoring & controlling your blood sugar