Plan For It: Stroke Symptoms and Next Steps
Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and the leading cause of adult disability in the United States. While the risk of stroke increases as you age, strokes can happen to anyone at any time. Leena Kodali, MD, medical director at the CHI St. Joseph Health MatureWell Lifestyle Center, says, “The faster a victim receives treatment from the first sign of stroke, the better the outcome.” Call 911 if you or a loved one experience any of the following stroke symptoms.
Think F.A.S.T. When You Suspect a Stroke
Plan ahead and locate your nearest CHI St. Joseph Health emergency room in case of a stroke emergency. Remember, strokes are treatable.
"CHI St. Joseph Health is not only the first Primary Stroke Center in the Brazos Valley; it is the only one that offers endovascular thrombectomy to remove blood clots from large arteries. This procedure can save lives and reduce the risk of disability for certain stroke patients," says Rebecca Hickman, RN, Cardiovascular & Stroke Program Manager at CHI St. Joseph Health Regional Hospital.
Act F.A.S.T and get emergency medical attention at the first sign of stroke.