A stroke, or “brain attack”, occurs when blood flow to an area of the brain is cut off. Without blood, brain cells are deprived of oxygen and begin to die. Receiving immediate care for a stroke is crucial.
According to the National Stroke Association, two million brain cells die every minute during stroke, increasing the risk of permanent brain damage, disability or death. The emergency care professionals at Grandview Medical Center are committed to diagnosing and treating strokes quickly and efficiently, when every second counts.
Stroke Warning Signs
When a stroke occurs, recognizing symptoms and acting F.A.S.T. can save a life and decrease the chances of permanent disabilities.
- Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
- Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
- Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
- Time: If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.
Know the symptoms:
- Confusion or difficulty speaking/understanding
- Difficulty swallowing
- Sudden loss of vision
- Sudden numbness, weakness or paralysis of the face or on one side of the body
- Sudden severe headache
- Unexplained dizziness and/or loss of balance
The emergency care team at Grandview Medical Center is a recognized stroke center that utilizes advanced testing and imaging technology to identify the type of stroke within minutes so treatment can begin as soon as possible. Learn more about our emergency services.