May is National Stroke Awareness Month, an opportune time to review signs and symptoms of the fifth leading cause of death and one of the leading causes of disability in Minnesota. Recognizing the first signs of a stroke and calling 911 immediately help facilitate prompt treatment and a patient’s best chance of survival.
Signs and Symptoms of a Stroke
Time is critical for stroke patients. You can recognize the signs and symptoms of a stroke by remembering B.E. F.A.S.T.:
B – Difficulty with balance
E – Problems with vision in one or both eyes
F – Facial droop/numbness
A – Arm weakness
S – Speech difficulty
T – Time to call 911
Stroke Care at SEMC
As a designated Acute Stroke Ready hospital, Sleepy Eye Medical Center is prepared to evaluate, stabilize and provide emergency treatment to patients with acute stroke symptoms. Through the Telestroke program, our emergency department can access expert advice of stroke specialists 24 hours a day by using video technology. This partnership promotes quick, accurate diagnosis of stroke so that proper treatment can begin as soon as possible.
As soon as we’re notified of a possible stroke, our emergency team prepares for the patient’s arrival. Our team will work together to:
- Connect with a stroke neurologist at Abbott Northwestern Hospital’s certified comprehensive stroke center using our Telestroke video technology equipment
- Perform necessary tests
- Complete a head CT scan
- Work with a stroke neurologist to evaluate stroke symptoms
- Administer clot busting medications, if necessary
- Arrange for air transportation to a stroke center if advanced care is needed
Remember, you play a vital role in the successful treatment of a stroke. By remembering the signs and symptoms of a stroke and calling 911 right away, you can help facilitate prompt treatment and a patient’s best chance of survival.