Cold and Flu Season Can Be a Monster

Flu & Cold Season Can Be A Monster

Help us protect our patients, families and staff from RSV and the flu by following these visitation restrictions currently in effect.

  • No visitors under the age of 12 are allowed in patient care areas.
  • Please do not visit patients if you are experiencing fever, vomiting, diarrhea or cold or flu-like symptoms.

What is a Stroke?

Simply put, a stroke is a "brain attack." It is the loss or alteration of bodily function resulting from an insufficient supply of blood to the brain resulting from an interruption in normal flow of blood to the brain.

Stroke can occur when a blood vessel carrying oxygen and nutrients to the brain bursts or is blocked by a blood clot or another particle.

Without oxygen rich blood and nutrients, brain cells in the affected area begin to malfunction and die.

Types of Stroke

There are two types of stroke:

  • Ischemic stroke - Arteries are blood vessels that carry blood from the heart throughout the body. When blood cannot reach the brain due to a clot or a buildup of plaque in the artery, an ischemic stroke occurs. About 85 percent of strokes are ischemic.
  • Hemorrhagic stroke - When a blood vessel in the brain breaks and releases blood into the brain, a hemorrhagic stroke occurs. Fewer people suffer hemorrhagic strokes than ischemic, yet the chance of survival after hemorrhagic stroke is lower.

Act F.A.S.T. to Detect a Stroke

If you think someone is having a stroke, look for these FAST signs:

Face - Does the face look uneven?  Ask the person to smile.
Arm - Does one arm drift down?  Ask the person to raise both arms.
Speech - Does his or her speech sound strange?  Ask the person to answer a simple question.
Time - If you observe any of these signs, then it's time to call 9-1-1.

When it's a stroke, time is of the essence. The quicker you can get a stroke victim to the hospital, the better his/her chances for recovery.

  • 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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