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Get Stroke Ready
You may not be able to predict a stroke, but it is possible to plan for it.
To get stroke ready:
- Know your risk factors.
- Make lifestyle changes to reduce your risk of stroke.
- Learn about your local stroke care team.
Brain cells die every second during a stroke and can impact speech, movement and memory. Time is brain. Stroke is an emergency – always call 911.
Watch this video to hear why time lost is brain lost:
Learn the signs of stroke — you might save someone's life.
Face: Ask the person to smile. Does the face look uneven?
Also look for: numbness or weakness on one side, loss of vision in one or both eyes and unusually severe headaches.
Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward? Or is one arm unable to be raised?
Also look for: Dizziness or loss of balance.
Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is his/her speech slurred or strange?
Also look for: Inability to understand speech.
Time: If you observe any of these signs, call 911 immediately. Remember, strokes need immediate medical attention.
Watch this video to learn how to think FAST:
Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, La Crosse and Mankato have been recognized with advanced certification for Primary Stroke Centers. This means you will receive the highest level of stroke care centered on current research and your unique needs.
Remember, a stroke is a medical emergency, and early action can minimize brain damage and complications.
Always call 911 at the first signs of stroke.