Receiving timely treatment for a stroke is critical, so being able to recognize the signs of one is very important.
Stroke is the number one cause of adult disability and the fourth leading cause of death in this country. When someone suffers a stroke, brain cells begin to die and prompt treatment is critical to saving a life and limiting the damage done. A clot-busting medication can often help, but only if it’s administered within 4.5 hours of the first signs of stroke.
How do you know if someone is having a stroke?
Symptoms can vary from person to person, and can include vision problems, acute headache, confusion, nausea, chest pain, shortness of breath, trouble with coordination, difficulty understanding and communicating, weakness or numbness on one side of the body and more. The National Stroke Association recommends remembering the warning signs by way of the word FAST.
F stands for face, as in when the person attempts to smile, one side of his or her face droops.
A stands for arms, as in when the person attempts to raise both arms, one drops down.
S stands for speak, as in when the person attempts to speak, he or she has significant difficulty.
T stands for time, as in remember it is critical and you should call 911 immediately.
When it comes to stroke treatment, Medical Center of McKinney is certified by The Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center. We are one of the eleven hospitals that comprise the Texas Stroke Institute, a collaborative initiative dedicated to the compassionate, multi-disciplinary and quality care for patients.
If you would like to talk to a doctor about your health, visit us online to find a physician or call 1-855-296-6265 for a referral.