Every second counts when you have a stroke. When a vessel carrying blood to the brain becomes blocked or bursts, the brain is deprived of the essential oxygen and nutrients it needs to survive. We provide stroke care from the emergency department through treatment and rehabilitation.
Signs & Symptoms of a Stroke
If you think you are having a stroke, call 9-1-1 immediately. A stroke is an emergency. Knowing the telltale signs of stroke could save your life or the life of someone you care about. Remember to BE FAST and be aware of:
B - Balance
Sudden loss of balance or dizziness
E - Eyes
Loss of vision in one or both eyes
F - Face Drooping
Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person's smile uneven?
A - Arm Weakness
Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S - Speech Difficulty
Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like "The sky is blue." Is the sentence repeated correctly?
T - Time to call 9-1-1
If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get the person to the hospital immediately. Check the time so you'll know when the first symptoms appeared.