May is Stroke Awareness Month.

Stroke is a preventable disease and studies indicate that 80% of strokes can be prevented. Identifying the risk factors that contribute to stroke can help reduce the likelihood of having a stroke.

Stroke-Awareness-Month-MayIncorporating changes in lifestyle substantially reduce the risk of stroke.

  • Quit smoking
  • Eat a healthy diet that is low in salt
  • Lose weight and maintain it if necessary
  • Exercise regularly
  • Limit alcohol intake
  • See your doctor regularly

At Pacific Stroke & Aneurysm Center, we provide expert care for patients with stroke, brain aneurysms and vascular malformations. Providence Saint John’s Health Center is an Advanced Primary Stroke Center designated by The Joint Commission. This external certification emphasizes timely diagnosis, treatment and prevention of future strokes and identifies excellence in stroke care. In addition we hold the Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award and Target Stroke Elite Plus Honor Roll. This award recognizes our commitment and success in implementing a high standard of stroke care by ensuring that our stroke patients receive treatment that meets nationally accepted, evidence-based standards and recommendations.

For more information about our stroke program and the Pacific Stroke & Aneurysm Center, please contact us at or 310-829-8319.


Jason Tarpley, MD, PhD

Jason W. Tarpley, MD, PhD, is a board-certified neurologist with fellowship training in vascular neurology. He is director of the Pacific Stroke & Aneurysm Center and specializes in ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke, cerebral aneurysms, and carotid artery stenosis.