Stroke Education

 

  • State of CT Stroke Centers Directory - stateID - Stroke Centers - US
    Joint Commission certified as a Primary Acute Stroke Center.
    www.strokecenter.org/strokecenters/states.aspx?stateID=9

  • Signs Make Sure You Can Recognize Stroke and Act Quickly. Get the Facts Now.
    strokeassociation.org

  • With a Stroke-Time Lost is Brain Lost (Materials compiled from NY & CT State Health Depts.)

    Stroke is the leading cause of disability and the third leading cause of death in the United States.  An estimated 700,000 to 750,000 new or recurrent strokes occur each year in the United States.

    In 2004 (latest figures available) CT State had 5,311 deaths due to stroke.  Male 1,997 males, and 3,314 females. Learning the signs of stroke and calling 911 for help are the best ways to prevent disability and death from stroke.

  • Time Lost is Brain Lost -  Learn the Stroke Signs

    All of the major symptoms of stroke appear suddenly, and without warning and they are often not painful but still need to be taken seriously. If you think someone is experiencing any of these symptoms, or you are experiencing them call 9-1-1 immediately.

 

The most common symptoms of stroke can be remembered by the acronym FAST:

 

    • F = Face: Is one side of the face drooping down?
    • A = Arm: Can the person raise both arms, or is one arm weak?
    • S = Speech: Is speech slurred or confusing?
    • T = Time: Time is critical!! Call 9-1-1 immediately!

 

Other, less common symptoms of the most common type of stroke are:

    • sudden trouble seeing
    • sudden dizziness
    • generalized weakness

If you or someone you are with have any one of these symptoms, it's important to act FAST and call 911, as soon as possible!

 

There are two major kinds of stroke, ischemic and hemorrhagic.


In an ischemic stroke a blood vessel becomes blocked, usually by a blood clot and a portion of the brain becomes deprived of oxygen and will stop functioning.

Ischemic strokes account for 80% of all strokes. Rapid diagnosis and treatment of acute ischemic strokes is essential to reduce death and disability from stroke. That's why learning the FAST acronym is so important.

Hemorrhagic Stroke: A hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain burst and spills blood into the brain. When this happens, a portion of the brain becomes deprived of oxygen and will stop functioning.  Hemorrhagic stroke accounts for about 20% of strokes. The most common signs of a hemorrhagic stroke are:

  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause, often described as "the worst headache of my life"
  • Partial or total loss of consciousness
  • Vomiting or severe nausea, when combined with other symptoms
  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body


Transient Ischemic Attacks: Transient Ischemic Attacks (TIAs) are often called mini-strokes. The symptoms are the same as for a major stroke.  In a TIA, the blood clot that is blocking the flow of blood in the brain breaks up on its own and the symptoms disappear after a short period of time.
TIAs generally don't cause severe brain damage, but they are a warning sign of a future stroke and should be taken seriously. Even if symptoms disappear quickly, it is important to seek medical care immediately to prevent a future major stroke.

 


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