You may know to get urgent help for a heart attack, but did you know the signs of stroke are just as serious? Think of stroke as a brain attack, which happens when blood flow to the brain is blocked and cells begin to die.
Stroke can cause death or permanent disability. Treatment is most effective within the first three hours - and the sooner the treatment, the better chance of survival.
Nationally Recognized Primary Stroke Center
Carle is a certified Primary Stroke Center, which means we follow the highest national standards proven to achieve fast treatment times and better outcomes. As the only Primary Stoke Center in the region with neurosurgeons and interventional specialists available 24/7 to care for patients experiencing stroke and other neurovascular emergencies, we are ready to provide faster treatments and better outcomes for stroke victims.
The advanced neurointerventional stroke team includes:
- Interventional neuroradiologists
- Neuro-intensive care physicians
- Specially trained neuroscience nurses
Carle has been named among the top 10 percent of hospital in the nation and received a five-star rating for treatment of stroke by Healthgrades® in 2015. Carle has been the recipient of the Healthgrades Stroke Care Excellence Award™ for 5 years in a row (2011-2015).
Carle Hoopeston Regional Health Center is now recognized as an Emergent Stroke Ready Hospital.
Who is at risk for stroke?
Anyone can have a stroke no matter what age, race or gender - and the sooner the treatment, the better chance of survival.
Uncontrollable Risk Factors
- Age 55 or older
- Male gender
- African American, Hispanic or Asian/Pacific Islander
- Family history of stroke or heart attack
Controllable Risk Factors
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Heart disease
- Being overweight or obese
- Physical inactivity
- Use of tobacco, alcohol and other
- Use of birth control pills or estrogen hormone therapy
There are many factors that you can control by living a healthy lifestyle. If you or someone you know have these risk factors, talk with your doctor about developing a plan to reduce your risks.
What are the signs of stroke?
When blood flow to the brain is blocked, that's when you're against the clock. When you suspect someone is having a stroke, think FAST:
- Is one side of the face drooping or numb? Ask the person to smile.
- Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms.
- Is speech slurred? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like "the sky is blue."
- If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 immediately.
These warning signs may last only a few moments, then go away. Even in this case, do not ignore these symptoms. These could be "mini-strokes" which are caused by a serious underlying condition that requires urgent medical help.