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What to do if You Think it is a Stroke

First and foremost, the stroke patient needs to get to the hospital as soon as possible.

In addition, patients need to have blood tests as well as a CT scan (computed tomography imaging) to determine if and where a clot exists. These necessary steps add to the time it takes for a patient to be treated, and time is brain.

The safest and best way to get to the hospital is to call 9-1-1.

We have great EMS providers in our area who can stabilize the patient and help physicians and WakeMed prepare for the patient’s arrival.


Know the Symptoms
Here is a simple test from the National Stroke Association to help determine if a person is having a stroke.

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

Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one drift down?

Can the person repeat a simple sentence?

See any of these signs? Act fast, and call 911 to get to the nearest hospital where acute stroke treatment is readily available.