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Welcome to Valley Baptist Health System

Welcome to the award-winning and nationally recognized Valley Baptist Health System.  Serving South Texas for nearly 100-years as a faith-based regional health system, Valley Baptist Medical Center – Brownsville, Valley Baptist Medical Center – Harlingen and Valley Baptist Micro-Hospital – Weslaco, are supported by Free Standing Emergency Centers, the FIRST Comprehensive Stroke Center in the Valley, comprehensive stroke rehabilitation services, a specialized children’s unit with a dedicated pediatric emergency unit, a specialty women’s center, geriatric behavioral health clinic, breast center, heart and vascular clinic, community reference laboratories, family care clinics, fitness center, healthy women’s centers, imaging centers, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation centers, neurology center, family practice residency clinic, a physician network, and the Valley Baptist School of Vocational Nursing.

From celebrating the birth of your newborn babies to restoring health or treating you in an emergency, we know that care is more than medicine.  Valley Baptist is focused on helping our community achieve health for life through compassionate service inspired by faith, prompted by kindness and, an experience based on excellence.

The Valley Baptist network of care features 866-beds and includes more than 500 physicians, which are supported by 3,500 clinical and non-clinical staff members.  And, it extends many of its services beyond its facilities and into local communities, offering free medical screenings, supporting groups and numerous educational opportunities.   

Valley Baptist – Built on a Community of Care and safety.  We are honored to have the opportunity to serve you.

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Exercise a key factor in stroke prevention

Oct 29, 2021

HARLINGEN — Strike first, strike hard, no mercy on stroke.

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That’s what physicians around the world are telling people Friday as part of World Stroke Day, said Dr. Ameer Hassan, head of the neuroscience department at Valley Baptist Medical Center.

“Stroke is still the number two killer in the world, number five killer in the United States,” Hassan said. “People are still showing up too late for treatment.”

Time is crucial when having stroke. Those first few minutes can make the difference between permanent paralysis and full recovery. During the past year, many stroke patients resisted hospitalization for fear of contracting COVID-19, even though extensive protocols were put in place to prevent that occurrence.

At the first sign of stroke, people need to get to the hospital.

“Two million neurons are lost in a stroke every minute,” Hassan said.

He gave these sobering statistics.

“Every 40 seconds someone suffers a stroke,” he said. “One in four people over the age of 25 will have a stroke in their lifetime. It’s 72 million people around the world have a stroke every year, and 5 ½ million die of a stroke every year.”

Stroke is especially prevalent in the Rio Grande Valley because of the high rate of diabetes.

“We have double the rate of diabetes compared to the rest of the United States,” he said. “If you add hypertension, diabetes and obesity into the mix, you will significantly increase your risk for stroke.”

The best way to attack stroke from that end is to control sugar intake, exercise, cut red meat and pork from your diet, and eat more fruits and vegetables. People should exercise at least 30 minutes a day six to seven days a week.