Stroke is an Emergency. Act FAST and Call 9-1-1
Few in the U.S. know the warning signs of stroke. Learning them – and acting FAST when they occur – could save your life or the life of a loved one.
Use the FAST test to remember warning signs of stroke.
F = FACE Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
A = ARMS Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S = SPEECH Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Does the speech sound slurred or strange?
T = TIME If you observe any of these signs (independently or together), call 9-1-1immediately.
Window of Treatment
Stroke is a leading cause of death and long-term disability in the United States. What most people don’t realize is how critical time is, not only in surviving a stroke, but reducing the effects.
Patient outcomes improve with early action in treatment and restoring blood flow. Therefore, it is vital that treatment start as soon as possible. For every hour’s delay in medical treatment, the brain loses 120 million cells. For ischemic stroke (the most common type, caused by a blocked artery to the brain) the first window for treatment begins within three hours after the onset of symptoms. The standard treatment is to administer a drug called tPA, which breaks up the clot.
Most are also unaware how important it is to seek treatment at the right hospital. Tenet Florida hospitals are focused on providing cutting-edge treatment options for stroke and coordinated rapid response times to save lives.
Our doctors say that education is the real key to preventing stroke. There are many things people can do to prevent a stroke. It is important to eat a good diet, get exercise and maintain a healthy weight. Excess weight affects blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar, which are all risk factors for heart disease and stroke. Hopefully, we can help people develop good habits while they’re still young as well as reach out to older adults so they can make the healthy lifestyle changes.
Tenet Florida Neuroscience Services
For families confronting the uncertainty of a neurological condition, our Tenet Florida neuroscience team offers some of the latest treatments and assessment techniques. For pediatrics, Palm Beach Children's Hospital at St. Mary’s Medical Center is one of South Florida’s leading providers of comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic neurology.
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