When you or a loved one is suffering a stroke, time is critical to prevent irreparable damage to the brain or death. As a Joint Commission certified Primary Stoke Center, Missouri Baptist is dedicated to providing the specialized care needed to treat stroke. Speed is critical in treating stroke patients and Missouri Baptist's program is centered around efficiency.
We have qualified medical professionals specializing in stroke care and individualized care to meet stroke patients’ needs. Missouri Baptist has been awarded HealthGrades 5-star care for stroke for the past 3 years and the program is also in the top 10 percent nationally for stroke core measures.
The following are the most common stroke warning signs. These may be sudden and include:
Women may report unique stroke symptoms, including:
Go to the ER immediately if experiencing any of the symptoms. Time is brain tissue.
You can perform these simple steps in order. You might want to remember: Act FAST!
F Ask the person to smile. Does the FACE look uneven?
A Is the person able to raise both ARMS and hold to the count of 10? Does one arm tend to drift downward?
S Is the person’s SPEECH slurred? Can they repeat a simple sentence? You can use the following: “They heard him speak on the radio last night.”
T If you suspect a stroke it is TIME to call 911 NOW!
Illustrations courtesy of National Stroke Association. Used with permission.