Each year about 800,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke, which is the nation’s fifth leading cause of death. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and someone dies of a stroke every 4 minutes, on average. Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States. When you or someone else is having a stroke, every second counts. If you are having any of the stroke warning signs, you want to know that you are going to a facility that can help you as quickly as possible and is using the latest knowledge on the treatment of stroke.
Signs of an Impending “Brain Attack” or “Mini Stroke”:
- Numbness or weakness of face, arms or legs on the right side of the body
- Confusion and difficulty speaking or understanding
- Difficulty in walking, as well as loss of balance/coordination or dizziness
- Severe headache without a cause
FAST – Stroke Warning Signs:
- F – Face Drooping
- A – Arm Weakness
- S – Speech Difficulty
- T – Time to call 9-1-1
- How can I lower my risk for a stroke?
- Signs and symptoms of a stroke
- Why quitting smoking is important
- Strokes and brain damage
Hear from Patients:
Victoria’s used to feeling tired—as a mom to four boys and a Medical Technologist at OakBend, she’s used to not letting little things slow her down. While working in the microbiology lab one day, Victoria began to feel weak, tired and a little numb. She brushed it off at first, but her coworker Krystle recognized her symptoms as a potential stroke and rushed her down the hallway to the Emergency Department, where she was immediately admitted. Listen to her story about her patient experience.