STROKE: KNOW THE FACTS


If you were having a stroke, would you know it?

A stroke occurs when a vessel in the brain is blocked by a blood clot or ruptures. Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and the leading cause of permanent disability in the U.S. According to the American Stroke Association, high blood pressure is the leading cause of stroke and the most significant controllable rish factor. Talk to your primary care physician about your risks. Risk factors include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Diabetes
  • Diet
  • Obesity
  • High blood cholesterol
  • Carotic artery disease
  • Peripheral artery disease
  • Other heart disease
  • Sickle cell disease

At Maury Regional Medical Center, board certified neurologists, Emergency Department nurses and ICU nurses are specially trained in stroke patient care. Maury Regional also offers comprehensive neurological rehabilitation, including occupationalphysical and speech therapy.

COMMON SIGNS OF STROKE

The American Stroke Association encourages BE FAST as an easy way to remember the sudden signs of stroke and when to call 911.

  • Balance - Sudden loss of balance or dizziness
  • Eyes - Sudden loss of vision in one or both eyes
  • Face - One side of the face is drooping
  • Arms - One arm is weak or numb
  • Speech - Sudden difficulty speaking or understanding, slurred speech
  • Time - Call 911 immediately

The faster you seek medical help, the better your chances for recovery. Clot-dissolving drugs have the potential to dramatically reduce long-term disability if given within three hours of having a stroke or up to 4.5 hours in certain eligible patients. Another procedure called mechanical thrombectomy is available at comprehensive stroke centers in eligible patients up to 24 hours of stroke onset. Even if symptoms are brief and end quickly, it could be a warning sign for a major stroke. Stroke is a serious medical emergency and quick response can make all the difference.