The hospital's Stroke Center educates the community and hospital inpatients on identifying stroke symptoms, which include:
- 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
- Sudden dizziness, loss of balance or coordination; and sudden severe headache with no known cause
Recognizing a stroke
If you think a loved one is having a stroke, do the "F.A.S.T." test:
Download a F.A.S.T. flier
||Ask the person to smile; does one side of the face droop?
||Can the person raise both arms; does one drift down?
||Can the person repeat a sentence; are words slurred?
||Time is critical! Call 911 or get to the hospital fast!