Stroke Awareness: Know Your Risk

Stroke is a leading killer of Americans. Timely treatment is imperative for all stroke patients. Marshall has achieved Primary Stroke Center designation, to certify that our Emergency Department/ Trauma Center and medical staff follow specific protocols and timing requirements in treatment of stroke.

Time lost is brain lost. There are treatments that can help reduce the risk of damage from most common strokes if given within hours of the onset of symptoms.

Remember these stroke warning signs:

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 sentence. Are the words slurred? Can he or she repeat the sentence correctly?
TIME: If the person shows any of these symptoms, time is important because brain cells are dying. Call 911 or get to a hospital FAST.

For more information, see this fact sheet or visit stroke.org.