If you have a medical emergency, please call 9-1-1.
If you think you or someone else is having a stroke, call 9-1-1 immediately and note the time of when any of the symptoms first appear. Do not drive yourself or wait for a ride from a friend or family member. Have an ambulance take you to the hospital that is a stroke receiving center right away.
More than 700,000 Americans will suffer a stroke—or “brain attack”—this year. Of this number, 200,000 will be recurrent strokes. A stroke can injure the brain like a heart attack can injure the heart. A stroke occurs when an area of the brain doesn't get the blood it needs.
When blood flow to an area of the brain is interrupted, cells in that area die. When brain cells die, they release chemicals that set off a "chain reaction" which can damage surrounding cells.
Each area of the brain controls specific body functions and abilities including speech, movement and memory. After a stroke occurs the abilities controlled by the area where brain cells die may become impaired or lost. Without prompt medical treatment, you are at risk for increased brain damage.
*Signs/symptoms compiled from the National Stroke Association.
B – BALANCE: You may feel dizzy or unable to walk straight.E – EYES: You may have blurred vision or difficulty seeing.F – FACE: Does one side of the face droop when the person smiles?A – ARM or Leg Weakness: Does one arm/leg drift downward when raised?S – SPEECH: Is their speech slurred or strange?T – TIME: If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.
Every minute counts for stroke patients. B.E. F.A.S.T. and lead patients to the stroke treatments they desperately need. Potentially life saving medication can be administered within three hours of the sudden symptom onset to reverse stroke.If you have a medical emergency, please call 9-1-1. If you think you or someone else is having a stroke, call 9-1-1 immediately and note the time of when any of the symptoms first appear.
Stroke prevention is still the best medicine. Learn about risk factors for a stroke and how to manage them. The most important, treatable conditions linked to stroke are:
MemorialCare is committed to improving stroke care for the community we serve by taking part the American Heart Association’s Get with the Guidelines Stroke program. We proudly support two stroke-neurology receiving centers for Long Beach and Orange County.
MemorialCare is proud to offer a continuum of rehabilitation services utilizing the latest in rehabilitation equipment. Whether it's physical therapy, occupational therapy or speech therapy our goal is to maximize patients' independence and quality of life.
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