What is a Stroke?
A stroke occurs when a part of the brain’s blood supply is suddenly interrupted by a clot or when a blood vessel bursts. When blood flow is blocked, brain cells die because oxygen and nutrients cannot get through.
Signs and Symptoms
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body.
- Sudden confusion, trouble talking, or understanding speech.
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, or loss of balance or coordination.
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause.
Every 45 seconds, someone in America has a stroke. In fact, 700,000 Americans experience stroke symptoms every year, making it the third leading killer and the number one cause of adult disability in the United States.
Comprehensive Stroke Center
Westside Regional Medical Center is certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration.
Know the warning signs of a stroke by remembering to spot a stroke F.A.S.T.:
F = Face
Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
A = Arm
Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S = Speech
Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Does the speech sound slurred?
T = Time
If you observe any of these signs, it’s time to call 9-1-1and ask to be transported to the nearest stroke hospital.
It’s important to remember the risk factors and warning signs for a stroke. Make sure you and your loved ones become educated. It could help you to save a life.
Additional Resources on Stroke
For more information on stroke symptoms, risk factors and statistics, please visit our Health Library and The American Stroke Association.