Banner Health offers around-the-clock expert care for stroke
Throughout Banner, we offer state-of-the-art diagnosis and the dedication to provide you timely service for a faster and easier recovery.
Our emergency and trauma care staff can identify the signs and symptoms of stroke and deliver early care that limits stroke's damaging effects.
Time is of the essence
We understand that timely intervention for stroke patients can make all the difference. At all of our stroke centers, there is an organized Stroke Team available 24 hours a day to treat stroke patients as soon as they come through the hospital doors.
One tool that can be used to recognize the signs of a stroke and know when to act is the FAST method.
- F=Face. Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
- A=Arm. Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
- S=Speech. Have the person repeat a simple sentence. Are the words slurred? Can the person repeat the sentence correctly?
- T=Time. If the answer to any of these important questions is yes, time is important. Call 9-1-1 immediately!
What is a stroke?
Stroke is the leading cause of disability and the third largest cause of death, ranking behind heart disease and cancer. Almost 80 percent of strokes are preventable. The greatest chance for recovery from stroke occurs when emergency treatment is started immediately.
Stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is disrupted. Disruption in blood flow is caused when either a blood clot blocks one of the vital blood vessels in the brain (ischemic stroke), or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts, spilling blood into surrounding tissues (hemorrhagic stroke).
Banner Health's extensive rehabilitation programs can play a pivotal role in a patient's recovery. We offer physical, speech, occupational and recreation therapies as well as support groups.
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