Do you know what the symptoms of a stroke? Have you heard of BE FAST? HealthONE is here to help you understand signs and symptoms when seconds count. October 29, 2023 is World Stroke Day giving us an opportunity to bring awareness to the recognition and treatment of stroke.
A stroke is sometimes called a “brain attack.” Like a heart attack, a stroke results from a blockage or rupture of a blood vessel, which stops blood flow to an area. In the case of a stroke, this blockage or rupture is preventing blood flow to an area of the brain.
Many awareness campaigns have been made to educate people about the signs of stroke, including the BE FAST program.
- Balance: Sudden loss of balance
- Eyes: Sudden vision changes
- Face: Sudden facial drooping
- Arm or leg: Sudden arm or leg weakness
- Speech: Sudden slurred or garbled speech
- Time: Time is critical—call 911.
Receiving appropriate and timely stroke care gives patients the best chance of recovering with fewer lasting effects. However, successful stroke treatment doesn’t end with initial treatment. Because the teams at our HealthONE hospitals understand the steps a stroke survivor takes with dedicated stroke coordinators.
Suzanne Clausen, NP-C, SCRN, serves as one of the HealthONE stroke coordinators at The Medical Center of Aurora and Centennial Hospital. A nurse for more than 20 years, Suzanne previously worked in the emergency department.
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