Warning Signs and Symptoms of Stroke [Infographic]

Warning Signs and Symptoms of Stroke [Infographic]

Warning Signs and Symptoms of Stroke [Infographic]

Do you know the warning signs of stroke?

Each year, more than 800,000 people in the United States experience a stroke. It’s important to recognize the symptoms of stroke early. If administered within the first three hours of symptom onset, FDA-approved clot buster drugs have shown to reduce long-term disability in many stroke patients.

F.A.S.T. is an easy way to remember the sudden signs of a stroke:

  • Facial Drooping — Ask the individual to smile. Is one side of his or her face drooping downward?
  • Arms — Next, ask him or her to raise both arms and note whether one drifts downward.
  • Slurred or Strange Speech — Finally, ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Is it correct? Is his or her speech difficult to understand?
  • Time — If someone has these symptoms, call 911 immediately. Don’t put off medical attention, even if the symptoms disappear.

Approximately 80 percent of strokes are preventable, and making lifestyle  changes can help lower a person’s chances of having a stroke, including exercising regularly, quitting smoking, eating healthier, managing cholesterol and blood pressure, and managing atrial fibrillation.

View the infographic below to learn more about the signs and symptoms of stroke.

 

Signs and Symptoms of Stroke

If you would like more information on stroke, risk factors or treatment, schedule an appointment with a health care provider or learn more at KentuckyOne Health Stroke Care.

Quick Action and Treatment for Stroke Recovery

Patient Story - Jo Mae

When Jo Mae arrived at the Saint Joseph Hospital emergency room, the ER team knew immediately she was having a stroke.

Jo Mae was experiencing facial drooping, difficulty speaking and weakness on one side of her body. These are common symptoms of stroke, which can occur when blood supply to a part of the brain is interrupted or reduced.

Knowing that quick treatment was important, the Saint Joseph Hospital stroke team provided a blood clot-bursting medicine that restored blood flow in Jo Mae’s brain.

Thanks to her quick arrival at the hospital and the appropriate treatment, Jo Mae has no deficits from her stroke.

Watch the video below to hear her story.

Warning Signs and Common Symptoms of Stoke

F.A.S.T. is an easy way to remember the sudden signs of a stroke

  • Facial Drooping — Ask the individual to smile. Is one side of his or her face drooping downward?
  • Arms — Next, ask him or her to raise both arms and note whether one drifts downward.
  • Slurred or Strange Speech — Finally, ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Is it correct? Is his or her speech difficult to understand?
  • Time — If someone has these symptoms, call 911 immediately. Don’t put off medical attention, even if the symptoms disappear.

Recognizing and responding to symptoms of stroke right away could save a life. Learn more about stroke symptoms, including risk factors, and see our list of Frequently Asked Questions

 

Timely Stroke Intervention Saves Lives

Timely Stroke Intervention Saves Lives

Timely Stroke Intervention Saves Lives

During a stroke, your brain loses 1.9 million neurons a minute. Rapid intervention is the best chance for survival.

Stroke is the most common cause of long-term disability in the U.S. When a stroke occurs, it’s vital to recognize the symptoms quickly and access medical attention at a facility that can provide top-quality stroke care.

“Acute care in an emergency department is the best way to provide patients immediate treatment,” said David Blake, MD, medical director of the stroke program at Saint Joseph Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health. “Prompt treatment can potentially restore blood flow and improve the outcome for stroke patients.”

In December 2015, Saint Joseph Hospital received The Joint Commission certification as an advanced primary stroke center. Support begins with Saint Joseph Hospital’s emergency medical services team and continues with intervention, home health and rehabilitation.

In addition to an acute stroke team that responds to patients’ bedsides if they experience stroke symptoms, the hospital also provides rapid assessment for the use of clot-busting medication. The stroke response team includes specially trained nurses who provide comprehensive education for both patients and families. Providers know that saving lives begins well before the first symptoms appear; it begins with controlling risks.

Proactive Prevention

“Approximately 80 percent of strokes can be prevented by addressing the medical and lifestyle risk factors that contribute to stroke,” Dr. Blake said. “Establishing a good relationship with a primary care doctor or nurse practitioner can help patients make proactive decisions and prevent strokes.”

Medical providers regularly monitor patients for stroke risk factors and help determine how to reduce the likelihood of stroke.

Lifestyle risk factors for stroke include:

  • Smoking cigarettes
  • Being overweight
  • Not exercising regularly

Medical risk factors for stroke include having poorly managed conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and elevated cholesterol, which can be positively affected by lifestyle modifications.

“Stroke providers such as myself are excited to see people in our region take action to control risk factors,” Dr. Blake said. “Patients who do so succeed at improving their well-being and longevity.”

F.A.S.T. is an easy way to remember the sudden signs of a stroke

  • Facial Drooping — Ask the individual to smile. Is one side of his or her face drooping downward?
  • Arms — Next, ask him or her to raise both arms and note whether one drifts downward.
  • Slurred or Strange Speech — Finally, ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Is it correct? Is his or her speech difficult to understand?
  • Time — If someone has these symptoms, call 911 immediately. Don’t put off medical attention, even if the symptoms disappear.

This article originally appeared in the 2017 Spring edition of One Health magazine. For more stories like this one, subscribe to One Health today.