A stroke can happen to anyone at any time. Strokes are the number one cause of adult disability in the United States. Every 40 seconds, someone in the USA suffers from a stroke.
A stroke can be caused by a blockage in the artery feeding the brain or if an artery feeding the brain bursts.
In either case, a part of the brain does not get enough oxygen and begins to die. Because brain cells do not die immediately, the person suffering from the stroke may have time to access medical care. Stroke care is dependent on the type of the stroke, but all stroke care is time dependent – meaning the longer the symptoms continue, the worse the results may be.
When you think someone could be having a stroke, perform the FAST test.
Learn the Signs and Symptoms
Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg (usually on one side)
Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding others
Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
Sudden dizziness, trouble walking or loss of coordination
Sudden severe headache with no known cause
Know the Time
Note the time the symptoms begin.
Midland Memorial Hospital (MMH) Primary Stroke Center has been certified by Texas Department of State Health Services (2011) and Det Norske Veritas (DNV) (2011) as a Stroke Center of Excellence. Further, MMH Primary Stroke Center has been recognized with the Silver Plus award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (2013).