Stroke is a medical emergency.
If you believe you or someone near you is having a stroke, call 911 immediately!
Signs & Symptoms of a Stroke
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
- Sudden trouble seeing affecting one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden, severe headache with no known cause
“Time is Brain” is far more than a quick slogan. “Time is Brain” sums up the process of swift destruction that begins when a person suffers a stroke. The phrase, almost as much as the signs and symptoms of stroke, warrants memorizing. The longer the time between occurrence of a stroke and medical intervention, the more brain cells are destroyed.
Brain cells, once lost, are not replaceable.
Knowing stroke’s signs and symptoms is vital for everyone. Your ability to recognize physical responses or behavior that signal someone is having a stroke - or that you are - can save a life. If the stroke victim receives the right care within the right timeframe, it can save his or her ability to have a normal life.
St. Vincent’s Primary Stroke Center of Excellence is fully equipped to begin instant interventions that can make an enormous difference in the level of devastation suffered by stroke victims who are immediately brought to our Emergency Department.
St. Vincent’s was named Gold Performance Achievement Award winner by the American Stroke Association guidelines program, which uses key measures for 24 months to make its determination. These include immediate use by the Stroke Center of effective medications and therapies as well as smoking-cessation.
Our goal at St. Vincent’s Primary Stroke Center is to decrease the number of strokes, to give both hope and assistance to those who have suffered stroke, and to help those in our community who been touched by stroke.
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