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May is Stroke Awareness Month

 

UHS Wilson Medical Center has been designated by the New York State Department of Health as a regional stroke center. With the area’s largest team of neurologists, neurosurgeons and neuroradiologists; a specially staffed neurosurgery operating room; and complete inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation programs, the stroke team at UHS Wilson Medical Center is prepared with the latest methods to minimize the effects of stroke. For more information go to www.uhs.net.

 

A stroke — also called a “cerebrovascular accident” or “brain attack” — is a sudden interruption of blood flow in the brain.

 

Signs of stroke  

 

Risk factors for stroke  

 

Lower your risk factors for stroke

 

If you or someone has these signs:    

  1. Act quickly! This is a medical emergency.
  2. Call 911 or get to the nearest hospital even if the symptoms go away.
  3. Note the time the symptoms began.  

F.A.S.T.

 

Face — Does one side of the face droop? Ask the person to smile.

Arm — Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

Speech — Is speech slurred? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Is the sentence repeated correctly?

Time — If the person shows any of these symptoms, Call 911 and get to the hospital immediately.

 

For more information visit www.uhs.net.