Think It's a Stroke? Here's What You Should Do

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 of a Stroke

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

F=Face

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

A=Arm

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

S=Speech

Can the person repeat a simple sentence?

T=Time

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

  • Face

    Does the face look uneven or drift down?

  • Arm

    Does one arm drift down?

  • Speech

    Does the person's speech sound strange?

  • Time

    If you observe any of these signs, it is time
    to call 9-1-1. 

The faster a stroke patient receives treatment, the better the chances of recovery.

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