If you think you’re having a stroke, call 911 right away. Don’t wait. Every minute counts.
Signs of a Stroke
Act FAST: Use this acronym to quickly identify a person experiencing stroke:
Face – Ask the person to smile. Check to see if their smile is uneven, droops or is numb.
Arms – Ask the person to raise both arms. Check if one arm is weak and drifts downward.
Speech – Ask the person to speak. Listen for slurring. Are they unable to speak?
Time – Call 911 at the first sign of stroke. Note the time the symptoms began. “Time is brain.” Every minute a stroke is left untreated, nerve cells in the brain die. As a stroke progresses, neurons are rapidly and irretrievably destroyed. If you suspect you might be having a stroke, take action immediately and seek emergency care.
Immediate Treatment Saves Lives
The sooner you receive treatment, the better your chances of recovery. Aurora BayCare Medical Center is the only hospital in Northeast Wisconsin with 24/7 capability to treat acute stroke.
Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay is the first certified Comprehensive Stroke Center in northeastern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. That certification recognizes the most advanced stroke treatment available and the center’s ability to provide the highest level of care for stroke patients. Aurora BayCare Medical Center is one of four certified Comprehensive Stroke Centers in the state, making it one of Wisconsin’s leaders in stroke care.
Aurora BayCare physician Dr. Ziad Darkhabani is an interventional neurologist offering the latest minimally-invasive procedures to treat stroke. With Dr. Darkhabani’s expertise, we can diagnose and treat stroke – using the most advanced, state-of-the-art procedures – every hour of every day, right here in Green Bay.
With rapid medical treatment, doctors can open your blocked artery and restore oxygen to your brain. You have the best chance for full recovery if treatment is given right away. The longer you wait, the fewer treatment options doctors have available.
But thanks to the new interventional neurology procedures Dr. Darkhabani has brought to Green Bay, Aurora BayCare offers the widest possible treatment window available. Time makes all the difference, and we can offer more.
Atherosclerosis is the medical term for plaque buildup in your arteries. Plaque can build up in your coronary (heart) arteries and cause a heart attack. Or, it can build up in your carotid arteries (the arteries that supply oxygen to your brain) and cause a stroke.
Many people don’t know they have carotid artery disease until they have a stroke. When that happens, blood flow to the brain is cut off, and the cells in your brain start to die. A stroke can cause lasting brain damage, long-term disability, or death.
Stroke symptoms may include:
- Sudden vision changes
- Trouble speaking or slurred speech
- Dizziness or balance problems
- Unusual and severe headache
- Numbness in your face
- Weakness or tingling in your face, arms, or legs
Call 911 right away and get emergency help, even if the symptoms stop! These are warning signs that you may be having a stroke … or you are at high risk for having one in the near future.
Risk Factors & Prevention
Your risk of stroke doubles every decade after age 55. People with a family history of stroke are also at increased risk. Other risk factors include smoking, diabetes, and high cholesterol.
You can protect yourself by taking care of your health:
- Maintain a healthy blood pressure
- Exercise more
- Eat a healthy diet
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Quit smoking
- Treat your diabetes
Reduce your risk today, before stroke has a chance to strike.
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