Are You Having a Stroke?
Your leg feels numb and your vision is a bit fuzzy. You’re experiencing some other, uncomfortable health symptoms that you haven’t felt before, but you’re not sure what it all means.
You could be having a stroke.
Knowing the signs and symptoms of a stroke is critical because the earlier you realize you’re having a stroke and seek immediate treatment, the better chance you have not only of survival, but of preventing permanent brain damage or a long-term disability.
Signs and Symptoms of Stroke (Sudden and Sustained)
- Numbness and/or weakness on one side of the body
- One-sided facial droop
- Slurred speech, trouble speaking, or the inability to speak
- Changes in vision including blurred vision, double vision, or vision loss
- Dizziness and/or loss of coordination
- Lightheadedness or feeling faint
- Unexplained headache
Never ignore the sudden and sustained warning signs of a stroke. If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms, act IMMEDIATELY – at the onset of symptoms – and call 911 to get to the nearest emergency department right away. “A stroke patient needs to be seen as soon as possible in order to be considered for treatment which might stop the stroke in progress and reduce or reverse stroke disability,” said Stephanie Lara-Jenkins, RN, BA, Community Memorial Health System Stroke Coordinator.
“Emergent treatment can dissolve blood clots in the brain if it’s administered within 3 to 4.5 hours from the last time you were known to be well,” Lara-Jenkins continued. “We can also arrange for transfer to a facility capable of removing blood clots from the brain as far out as 24 hours after first symptoms. At Community Memorial Hospital we have physicians and staff that are specifically trained to be able to immediately address and treat patients presenting with stroke symptoms, and we are proud to be able to provide this level of stroke care to our community.”
Finally, Determine Your Stroke Risk Now. Take our FREE Online Stroke Risk Assessment. CLICK HERE to get started! This confidential online tool will only take about seven minutes and could save your life! Our StrokeAware assessment will provide you with a personalized risk assessment report written by a Community Memorial Health System Nurse Practitioner that will help you learn more about your risk factors and identify and medical or lifestyle factors that may cause a stroke. According to your risk factors, you’ll be referred to your primary care physician for follow-up care and be invited to participate in low-cost, stroke risk-management classes.
Gold Standard Stroke Care at Community Memorial Health System: CMHS is proud to have received the American Stroke Association’s “Gold Plus Target Elite” Achievement Award, which highlights our dedication to the highest standards in stroke care. In addition, CMHS has been awarded the Primary Stroke Center designation from DNV GL Healthcare and the Ventura County Emergency Medical Services Agency, whose stroke certification programs incorporate elements from hospital accreditation standards as well as requirements from the Guidelines of the Brain Attack Coalition, and recommendations of the American Stroke Association. These programs emphasize deploying a disciplined management system and using relevant clinical best practices.