Stroke Signs & Symptoms

Know the Signs and Symptoms of a Stroke

When it comes to a stroke, nothing is more important than time. A rapid response from skilled specialists can make all the difference. Know the signs and symptoms of a stroke and get help as soon as possible.

Stroke signs and symptoms | BE FAST

Remember the signs of a stroke and BE FAST. Call 911 right away if you experience these symptoms:

  • B – Sudden loss of balance
  • E – Loss of vision in one or both eyes
  • F – Facial drooping, usually on one side
  • A – Arm drift (one arm hangs or drifts down)
  • S – Slurred speech
  • T – Terrible headache, Time to call 911 now 

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Two types of strokes

There are two different types of strokes:

  • Ischemic stroke: A common type of stroke caused by a blood clot or plaque. This prevents the brain tissue from getting oxygen or nutrients.
  • Hemorrhagic stroke: A ruptured blood vessel, often resulting from a brain aneurysm, causes this less common type of stroke. An aneurysm is a bulging, weakened blood vessel.

Stroke Treatment 

  • Stroke prevention: We work with you to manage carotid artery disease, a buildup of cholesterol in the blood vessels of the brain and neck. We can help you make lifestyle changes to prevent future strokes.
  • Clot-busting drugs: Called tissue plasminogen activators (tPA), these medicines break up blood clots and improves blood flow to the brain.
  • Endovascular procedures: During these procedures, we insert a thin, hollow tube called a catheter into a blood vessel in the groin, thread the catheter to the brain with the help of X-ray guidance and use the catheter to deliver medication or remove a clot.

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