Stroke is a leading cause of disability and death, affecting more than 795,000 adults in the United States each year. A stroke occurs when the brain is deprived of blood, either because of a clot (ischemic stroke) or a burst blood vessel (hemorrhagic stroke). A stroke is a medical emergency, and every second is critical to a successful recovery.
F.A.S.T. is an easy way to remember how to identify the signs of a stroke. Face drooping (F) can indicate stroke, especially if only one side is affected. Ask the person to smile and look for unevenness. Arm weakness (A) is another sign. If the person raises both arms but one arm then drifts downward, stroke may be to blame. Speech difficulty (S), such as slurred, confused, or garbled speech, is another common sign of stroke. If someone shows any of these symptoms, it’s time (T) to call 911 and seek immediate emergency care at the hospital.
Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte is a Primary Stroke Center, certified by the Joint Commission. Our designated Stroke Unit is staffed by a skilled and caring multi-disciplinary team of nurses, healthcare professionals, neurosurgeons, and neurologists. Please call (888) 685-1599 for more information on our services.