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
A stroke — also called a “cerebrovascular accident” or “brain
attack” — is a sudden interruption of blood flow in the brain.
Signs of stroke
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg,
especially on one side of the body
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or difficulty
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes, or double
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or
- Sudden severe headache
- Drowsiness, nausea or vomiting
Risk factors for stroke
- Previous stroke or TIA (increases stroke risk 10 times)
- History of heart disease or high blood pressure,
especially if you’ve had a heart attack or atrial
fibrillation (increases stroke risk 4 to 6 times)
- Smoking (increases stroke risk 2 times)
- Diabetes, especially if you have other risk factors too
- Excess weight
- High cholesterol
Lower your risk factors for stroke
- Diet: Low in saturated fats and salt and high in fruits,
vegetables, fiber and low-fat, lean meats like fish or
skinless white meat poultry.
- Exercise: While 30 minutes of daily exercise should be
your goal, any exercise will help. Monitor and manage your
blood pressure, weight and cholesterol levels. See your
doctor regularly if you are at high risk of stroke.
If you or someone has these signs:
- Act quickly! This is a medical emergency.
- Call 911 or get to the nearest hospital even if the
symptoms go away.
- Note the time the symptoms began.
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.