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Stroke Care

Heywood Hospital is a designated Stroke Care Center by the Department of Public Health. It is very important to learn the signs and symptoms of a stroke, so that you can act immediately. Prompt action can result in more effective treatment for the stroke, helping to avoid long term effects.

Learn the many warning signs of a stroke. Act FAST and CALL 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY at any sign of a stroke.

Use FAST to remember the warning signs:

F—FACE: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

A—ARMS: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

S—SPEECH: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?

T—TIME: If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.

NOTE THE TIME WHEN ANY SYMPTOMS FIRST APPEAR. If given within three hours of the first symptom, there is an FDA-approved clot-buster medication that may reduce long-term disability for the most common type of stroke.

Learn as many stroke symptoms as possible so you can recognize stroke as FAST as possible.

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.

Call 9-1-1 immediately if you have any of these symptoms

Note the time you experienced your first symptom. 

This information is important to your healthcare provider and can affect treatment decisions.