In the United States, a stroke occurs approximately every 40 seconds, affecting hundreds of thousands of people. In fact, stroke is the third-leading cause of death in this country.
A stroke occurs when a blood vessel becomes blocked or bursts, cutting off the supply of blood and oxygen to the brain. Stroke can strike without warning, so watch for these signs:
- Sudden confusion or difficulty understanding
- Sudden slurred speech or inability to speak
- Sudden numbness or weakness, specifically on one side of the body, affecting arms, legs, or face
- Sudden difficulty seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden dizziness or trouble walking
- Sudden and severe headache
If you have one or more of these symptoms, don’t hesitate to call 9-1-1 or your local EMS. Try to keep track of when the symptoms started and which one began first. Follow that same advice if you are with someone who suffers a stroke. Remember that the sooner a stroke victim receives treatment, the better the chances are for recovery.
North Hills Hospital recently earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval and has been certified as a Primary Stroke Center. This means that our hospital has been proven capable of providing effective and timely care to stroke victims, and our medical team can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients.
This certification from the Joint Commission is based on recommendations for primary stroke centers published by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association’s statements and guidelines for stroke care. North Hills Hospital is committed to providing the best possible care to our patients and our community.