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In the United States, someone has a stroke every 40 seconds, and someone dies from a stroke every four minutes. It’s a very serious and a very common problem. Every minute a stroke goes untreated, nearly 2 million brain cells die. That’s why everyone needs to know the signs of stroke. You need to be able to identify when a stroke is happening, so you can call 9-1-1 immediately. Knowing the signs could save a life.
Remembering the acronym FAST is the simplest way to identify a stroke.
If you spot ANY of these symptoms, call 9-1-1. Emergency transport is the fastest route to treatment.
If you or a loved one is exhibiting stroke symptoms, do not drive to the emergency room yourself. You may think this will get you to the hospital more quickly than waiting for an ambulance to arrive, but this can actually increase the length of time it takes to get the care a stroke patient needs. Calling 9-1-1 is the fastest way to get treated.
The emergency transport crew can notify the nearest OSF HealthCare hospital to prepare for your arrival, saving you precious minutes. The specialty stroke care needed is ready when the stroke patient arrives, and the emergency department knows where to send the patient immediately.
Sudden trouble walking is a sign of a stroke.
If stroke symptoms suddenly stop, I don't need to call 911.
Stroke only affects our older population.
Some strokes can be prevented.
You should never ignore stroke symptoms. If you or someone else is having stroke symptoms, you should call 911 immediately even if the symptoms suddenly stop. Stroke requires prompt recognition and emergency care.
OSF HealthCare is committed to providing expert stroke care throughout our Ministry. Our multidisciplinary stroke teams are always prepared to provide fast, effective care the moment you arrive to any of our hospitals.
Our stroke centers have a Comprehensive, Primary or Acute Stroke-Ready designation. Primary Stroke Centers have designated stroke units. Acute Stroke-Ready Centers administer tPA to eligible stroke patients and have stroke experts onsite or via TeleHealth, which connects doctors and patients through the use of digital technology, 24/7. You can also feel confident knowing all of our hospitals are connected to a Comprehensive Stroke Center offering the highest level of care.
Comprehensive Stroke Center certification recognizes hospitals that meet standards to treat the most complex stroke cases.
Patients from any OSF stroke center benefit from access to our Comprehensive Stroke Center.
Stroke is the number one cause of adult disability and the fifth leading cause of death in the United States. Approximately 80 percent of strokes are preventable by knowing the risk factors, warning signs and what to do when experiencing a stroke.
Stroke doesn't just affect our older population. It can affect anyone at any age. You must be prepared to recognize the signs of a stroke.
If you have any of the following risk factors, you are at a higher risk for stroke: