Identify a Stroke F.A.S.T.

Drs. Pineda, Rosenwasser and BellIf a stroke strikes, every second counts. Identifying strokes and getting care quickly saves lives and can limit the damage caused by a stroke.

If you suspect you are having a stroke, call 9-1-1 immediately.

F.A.S.T. is a good way to remember the signs of a stroke as well as what to do should you, your friend or family member display these sudden symptoms:

Face – Does one side of the face droop, or is it numb? If you suspect someone you are with is having a stroke, ask her to smile. Is the smile uneven?

Arm – Is either arm weak or numb? Ask him to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

Speech – Is speech slurred, confused or hard to understand? Ask her to repeat a simple sentence like, “A ball is round.” Is she able to do so correctly?

Time – If you are with someone who displays any of these signs of a stroke, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 immediately and get the person to the hospital. Also check the time so you can tell medical personnel when the symptoms started.

More than 800,000 people a year have a stroke including an estimated 610,000 new strokes, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Stroke is the leading cause of disability in the United States.

Jefferson Neuroscience Network

Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience (JHN) established the Jefferson Neuroscience Network (JNN) to connect patients and doctors at regional hospitals with Jefferson specialists who have the expertise to diagnose time-sensitive neurological disorders such as stroke.

Since it was launched in September 2010, the Jefferson Neuroscience Network has grown to include more than 25 member hospitals in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. At hospitals in the Network, patients gain access to the resources of the Jefferson Acute Stroke Center, including community education programs, leading-edge clinical trials and advanced protocols for the detection and treatment of stroke and other neurological disorders.

The Jefferson Acute Stroke Center in Philadelphia

If you should need stroke care, the Jefferson Acute Stroke Center is one of the most advanced and acclaimed centers in the U.S. for the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and research of stroke. It’s also the largest facility dedicated to the care of acute stroke in the Delaware Valley.

To make an appointment with a Jefferson physician, call 1-800-JEFF-NOW or request an appointment online.

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