Effective treatment of stroke requires immediate medical attention, which is why Centura Health offers a wide network of stroke centers throughout Colorado and western Kansas.
To remember the signs of stroke, think FAST:
Strokes can happen to anyone at any age. When a stroke occurs, every minute counts. The faster a stroke can be diagnosed and treatment begun, the better the chance of a successful recovery.
- Know the F.A.S.T. signs of stroke.
- Call 911 immediately if you think someone is having a stroke. Do not drive to the hospital.
- Share this message with those you love.
Be prepared. Take our quiz to test your knowledge.
When stroke occurs, every minute counts. Do you know the signs, risks and what to do? Take our quiz to find out.
1. What does F.A.S.T. stand for?
2. What should you do if you think someone is having a stroke?
3. What is meant by "Time is Brain"?
4. "TIA" is short for transient ischemic attack. Which of the following is true about a TIA?
5. What is the most common risk factor for stroke?
Stroke Signs and Prevention
Knowing the signs of a stroke can help you act quickly if family or friends need medical attention. It’s important to act F.A.S.T. and learn the many stroke symptoms. Symptoms appear suddenly and include the following:
- Weakness or numbness in the arm, leg or face-especially if it’s only on one side of the body.
- Confusion and trouble speaking or understanding words.
- Loss of coordination or balance.
- Trouble seeing out of one or both eyes.
- Severe headache.
- Dizziness or trouble walking.
Strokes can happen to anyone at any time, there are factors that increase your risk of having a stroke. In fact, according to the National Stroke Association up to 80 percent of strokes are preventable. Some of the risk factors are: high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, excessive alcohol use, smoking and physical inactivity. If you have any of these risk factors, we recommend speaking with your doctor to determine your personal risk of stroke.
Stroke System of Care
Centura Health is committed to providing reliable care for stroke victims and those at risk. We offer stroke centers throughout Colorado and parts of Kansas to care for those recovering from stroke, rehabilitate victims and assess patients’ individual risks for stroke. Our quick response to stroke, advanced technology, specialized staff and acute stroke rehabilitation means we can offer the best all-around care for our patients and their families.
Comprehensive Stroke Center: Provides advanced imaging capabilities, 24/7 availability for specialized treatments and staff with unique competencies to care for complex stroke cases.
Primary Stroke Center: Provides staffing, infrastructure and programs to stabilize and treat most acute stroke patients.
Emergent Stroke Ready Hospital: Provides expertise to receive patients, perform imaging, transfer patients and deliver initial treatments in conjunction with a primary or comprehensive stroke center.
Learning More About Stroke
When it comes to stroke, the faster we can treat you, the better your outcome can be. If you think you or someone near you is suffering from a stroke, don’t hesitate, call 911. Learn more about spotting the signs of stroke and reducing your risks. Up to 80 percent of strokes can be prevented through education and healthy lifestyle choices.