This month is National Stroke Awareness Month.
When it comes to a stroke every second you have counts, so you have to act FAST. Rapid response and learning how to identify the warning signs often makes the difference between full recovery and permanent disability.
Signs/Symptoms of a Stroke
Face Facial drooping or uneven smile
Arm Arm numbness or arm weakness
Speech Slurred speech, difficulty speaking or understanding
Time Call 911 and get to the hospital immediately
Our mission is to provide Christ like healing to the stroke patients in our community with respect and compassion in a safe environment through education, treatment and health services.
The evidence based goals for patients experiencing signs or symptoms of a stroke:
- Assess the patient in a timely manner
- Provide rapid and appropriate treatment
- Establish time of onset of symptoms
- Preserve brain and brain function
- Prevent post-treatment complications
- Reduce residual effects
How can our local primary care physicians help meet these goals and work to improve outcomes of patients experiencing signs/symptoms of stroke
- Recognizing the signs and symptoms associated with CVA (stroke) and educate patients on Stroke as well as importance of calling 911 for symptoms.
- When a Stroke is diagnosed or suspected, activate Code Brain, providing last known well time and sending the patients by ambulance or air to St Bernards Medical Center
Those at risk for Stroke, include:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Heavy alcohol or Drug use
- Physically inactive or obese
- Atrial fibrillation
- Family history of Stroke
- Sleep apnea