Stroke Awareness

Would you recognize the symptoms of stroke and know what to do?

Stroke is one of the leading causes of death and the number one preventable cause of disability in South Carolina. A stroke can occur when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain becomes blocked by a clot or bursts. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs and it starts to die. That’s why when it comes to stroke, time is brain and you should B.E. F.A.S.T!

A sudden, terrible headache – the worst ever had – may be a sign of a bleed in the brain and is very dangerous.

Any of these symptoms may be a sign of stroke, call 911 immediately!

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Balance off/dizzy
Ask the person if they are experiencing sudden loss of balance or coordination.

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Eyes
Ask the person if they have experienced sudden blurred vision, double vision or sudden persistent vision trouble.

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Face drooping
Ask the person to smile. If the face droops on one side, that is a sign of a stroke.

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Arm weakness
Ask the person to raise both arms If they cannot hold one arm up, that is a sign of a stroke.

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Speech difficulty
Ask the person to say a few easy words. If their speech is slurred or you cannot understand what they are trying to say, that is a sign of a stroke.

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Time to call 911!
Time is very important. The sooner you get to the hospital, the better your chances are for improving or getting better. If you wait too long, you may get worse or may not get better.

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If you or a loved one suffer a stroke, call 911. Ask to be taken to the Upstate’s only Comprehensive Stroke Center at Greenville Memorial Hospital. Hospitals designated comprehensive stroke centers have the capabilities to treat even the most complex stroke patients, and they can do it 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Types of Stroke

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The type of stroke you have affects your treatment plan and recovery. A stroke can occur when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain becomes blocked by a clot or bursts. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs and it starts to die, losing two million brain cells per minute.

Stroke Prevention

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Up to 80% of strokes could be prevented by lifestyle changes and working with your health care team to control health conditions that raise your risk factors for stroke. Help prevent stroke by making healthy lifestyle choices such as increasing exercise and eating healthier. However, there are risk factors that cannot be controlled.

Stroke Center

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Stroke is one of the leading causes of death and the number one preventable cause of disability in South Carolina. At Prisma Health, we take a multidisciplinary approach to treating stroke. We are the only Comprehensive Stroke Center (CSC) in the Upstate, which is the highest quality of care that can be provided to stroke patients.