The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association informs us that stroke is the third leading cause of death in the nation, and one of the leading causes of serious, long-term disability. Every 45 seconds someone suffers a stroke. Every 3 minutes someone dies of a stroke. Every year, 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke. So it’s important to know the symptoms of a stroke so you can be sure your loved ones receive the care they need when they need it.
5 symptoms of a stroke can include:
- Facial asymmetry
- Asymmetric weakness or numbness or unsteady gait
- Difficulty speaking, talking or understanding
- Visual impairment
- Severe headache
If you notice these symptoms, call 911 immediately so the EMS can transport you to a nearby hospital.
And good news—if you live near Little Company of Mary, we have been accredited and certified as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, an independent, not-for-profit organization that reviews healthcare performance standards. In January 2011, the New England Journal of Medicine published findings that patients were more likely to receive appropriate medication and survive if treated at a Primary Stroke Center. This accreditation “attests to the ongoing commitment to quality coordination of care by the physicians and medical team to achieve the best possible outcomes for patients,” said Dr. Michael Schwartz, Medical Director for LCM’s Stroke Program.
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