Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States, killing someone every three minutes. It is the leading cause of long-term disability among adults.
The symptoms of a stroke appear suddenly and include:
- Numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg
- Confusion or trouble speaking or understanding
- Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Severe headache with no known cause
- Trouble with walking, dizziness, or loss of balance and coordination
If any of these symptoms occur, immediately call 911 (or your local ambulance service). Tell the dispatcher that it is a “Brain Attack” and you prefer to be taken to a Certified Stroke Center, such as the Carondelet Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital.
Don’t call your primary care physician. Get help right away.
Treatment within the first three hours following the onset of symptoms is the most important indicator of survival and a good recovery.