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A stroke is a "brain attack" that cuts off vital blood flow and oxygen to the brain.  It is the fourth leading cause of death and the leading cause of adult disability in the United States.  There are two distinct types of strokes: hemorrhagic and ischemic. Hemorrhagic strokes are usually caused by a burst or leaking vessel in the brain. Ischemic strokes are usually caused by a blockage or clot in a vessel in the brain.

In 2015, 248 people were treated at CMH with the diagnosis of Stroke or TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack). Of that number 82 were transferred for tertiary or specialized care.

Stroke symptoms include:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body.
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause.

Remember to "Act F.A.S.T."

Look for an uneven smile

Check if one arm is weak (ask the person to raise both arms, does one arm drift downward?)

Listen for slurred speech. (Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Is the sentence repeated correctly?)

If the person shows any of these symptoms,
Call 911 immediately.

If the person shows any of these symptoms, Call 911 immediately
STROKE is an Emergency, Every minute Counts. Time is BRAIN!

The American Stroke Association is solely focused on reducing disability and death from stroke. Please take advantage of this resource and visit their website for further detailed stroke information and education resources. 


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