Banner Health neurologists make sure you get accurate diagnosis of your stroke symptoms and great care when you need it most. We identify your signs and symptoms to limit the damaging effects of stroke. Our emergency and trauma Stroke Team provides you with around-the-clock care so your recovery is smoother. We are ready to treat you as soon as you come through the hospital doors.
What Is Stroke?
Stroke occurs when a blood clot interrupts blood flow to the brain or when a blood vessel bursts in the brain.
Stroke is a leading cause of disability and the third leading cause of death. However, almost 80% of strokes are preventable. It is important to know how to identify the signs of a stroke so treatment can begin immediately.
Identify Stroke FAST
To identify the severity of signs and symptoms of stroke, act FAST:
- 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 is yes, call 911 immediately!
After an emergency because of a stroke, Banner Health provides a recovery plan, including our rehabilitation program. We offer physical, speech, occupational and recreation therapies as well as support groups.