Time is Critical
Strokes act fast, so you have to act FAST too. Every minute counts for stroke patients, and using the guidance in the acronym FAST can lead patients to the stroke treatment they need.
The most effective stroke treatments are only available if the stroke is recognized and diagnosed within the first three hours of the first symptoms. Patients having a stroke may not be eligible for some stroke treatments if they arrive at the hospital after the three-hour window.
If you observe any of these symptoms, you should call 911 immediately. Don’t hesitate, waiting to see if symptoms get worse or better before making the call. Every minute counts. The longer a stroke goes untreated, the greater the potential for brain damage and disability.
Minutes can make the difference between recovery or death.
How to Recognize the Signs of Stroke
It’s estimated that up to 80% of all strokes are actually preventable. By keeping in mind key risk factors and making certain lifestyle changes, you can diminish the likelihood of having a stroke. Stroke prevention is particularly important for stroke survivors. Taking action today to control your risk factors can reduce your risk or possibly prevent a stroke from happening.
It’s important to learn the symptoms of stroke and what to expect as you navigate care for stroke. Understanding this information can help you make decisions and ease your anxiety if stroke affects you or a loved one.
Advanced Care and Technology
Northwestern Medicine is home to highly trained physicians, nurses and rehabilitation therapists who specialize in stroke care. We create individualized treatment plans that focus on your needs.
Our advanced care includes:
- Advanced Stroke Certification. Northwestern Medicine offers eight hospitals accredited by The Joint Commission as providing advanced levels of stroke care, including two Comprehensive Stroke Centers.
- Telestroke. We offer expansive telestroke network to provide vascular neurology consultations within seven minutes.
- Mobile Stroke Unit. The Mobile Stroke Unit is a specialized ambulance equipped with tools and staff normally only found inside a hospital. This unit is the first of its kind in Illinois, and one of the first in the world.