Can You Spot a Stroke?

What is a Stroke?

A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is cut off or interrupted. It’s an emergency situation requiring immediate medical attention because damage may occur to the brain that results in the loss of many mental and physical functions. 

A stroke can have many different faces and risk factors. Know your risk factors, both those that can be treated, changed or controlled, like high blood pressure and smoking, and those that cannot. 

Every second is important when you or someone you know is experiencing a stroke. If you believe you or someone around is experiencing a stroke, call 911 immediately.

Signs and Symptoms

Understanding a stroke, its signs and ways to prevent them, can possibly save a life and improve stroke recovery. It is important to act FAST to reduce stroke impact:

Spot a stroke FAST (Facial drooping; arm weakness; speech difficulties; time matters). 

Many of BayCare Health System’s hospitals are recognized as Certified Stroke Centers and are committed to providing the latest treatments as well as early intervention to ensure the best outcome possible.

Learn more about stroke including risk factors, types and treatments.