Preventing Stroke

Prevention is the best medicine. At Missouri Baptist Medical Center we can help you evaluate your risk for stroke

Missouri Baptist provides FREE screenings in the pharmacy department at your neighborhood Dierbergs Markets. Find dates.

High Blood Pressure

Often called the “silent killer,” high blood pressure has no symptoms. The only way to know if your blood pressure is high, is to have it checked. It’s recommended to have it checked at least every two years, and more often if there is a family history of high blood pressure.

A healthy blood pressure is less than 120/80. Blood pressure measures systolic and diastolic pressures of the heart. If systolic is more than 120 and diastolic is more than 80, then you are considered to have prehypertension or even high blood pressure. Work with your doctor to lower your blood pressure, either by medicine, diet or exercise.


Smoking puts people at a much higher risk for stroke. Even being around others who smoke can make someone more susceptible to stroke. Women who smoke and use birth control are at an even higher risk. The bottom line is to stop smoking. If you never started, don’t start.

Conditions Leading to Stroke

Some diseases and conditions can put someone at risk for a stroke. These include:

  • Aneurysms or arteriovenous malformations (AVMs)
  • Diabetes
  • Carotid or other artery disease
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Transient ischemic attack
  • Sickle cell disease/sickle cell anemia
  • High blood cholesterol
  • Obesity
  • Excessive alcohol or Illegal drug use

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Missouri Baptist Medical Center Earns National Recognition for Efforts to Improve Stroke Treatment

The American Heart Association presents Get With The Guidelines - Gold Plus award for commitment to prioritizing quality care for stroke patients

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Palliative Care: Helping Patients Live Their Best Lives

Lynn’s husband Steve was diabetic and diagnosed with end stage renal disease 11 years ago. Without warning, Steve’s condition turned critical three years ago. Desperate for guidance and strength, Lynn was connected to April and the Palliative Care team at Missouri Baptist Medical Center.

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Stroke Support Beyond the Hospital

As part of their annual giveback campaign this fall, Kaldi’s Coffee Roasting Co. will donate $1 from the sale of their 25th Anniversary giveback package to Missouri Baptist Medical Center. We’ll use those funds to support stroke survivors and their families.

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Rich Welmon stroke survivor sits in his workshop.

Every Second Matters When a Stroke Occurs

That fall day in October 2016 was just like any other weekday. Rich Welmon, a mechanic, got up and went to work; he didn’t think anything of the heaviness he felt in his leg or the short episode of dizziness he experienced during the day. But when his left hand refused to respond the next evening, he knew something was wrong.

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Visiting a Patient

BJC HealthCare is putting additional measures in place to protect patients and employees from the transmission of COVID-19. Effective Monday, March 23 BJC HealthCare is suspending visitation within its facilities.

Exceptions will be allowed in limited circumstances.

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Emergency Stroke Care

At Missouri Baptist Medical Center we know that speed is critical in treating stroke patients to prevent brain damage and increase opportunities for recovery. That is why the Missouri Baptist's program is centered around efficiency.

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Know the Warning Signs and Symptoms of Stroke

The following are the most common stroke warning signs. Go to the ER immediately if experiencing any of the symptoms. A quick response can help reduce damage.

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Rapid Treatment of Stroke

Your care team may provide a variety of treatment options, including medication and surgery

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Preventing Stroke

Your risk for stroke is based on many factors including heredity conditions, medical issues, natural processes, such as age, and lifestyle. For the risk factors you can control, prevention is the best medicine.

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