Time is Brain!
Know the Warning Signs of Strokes
If you or a loved one has sudden onset of the following symptoms, remember to act FAST:
- F: Face drooping. Ask the person to smile. Is one side of the smile drooping?
- A: Arm weakness or numbness, particularly on one side of the body. Ask the person to lift both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
- S: Speech that is slurred or difficult to understand. Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Do the words come out clearly?
- T: Time to call 911. If the person shows any of these signs, call 911 immediately.
Stroke Warning Signs
Regional Leader in Stroke Care
Why Choose Rush for Stroke Care
Certified by the Joint Commission as a comprehensive stroke center, which means patients receive the highest level of stroke care
In the last year 85 hospitals across the region transferred nearly 1,000 patients to Rush
Provide second opinions for people with suspected TIAs
Focus on Prevention
Medical and lifestyle change support to help prevent a stroke or recurrence of stroke
Includes occupational therapy, speech therapy, physical therapy
Includes one-on-one support through the Stroke Buddy Program and a “Life After Stroke” support group
Risk Factors for Stroke
The following increase a person's risk of stroke:
- High blood pressure
- Atrial fibrillation
- Congestive heart failure
- Illegal drugs, such as intravenous drugs and cocaine
- Excessive alcohol: more than one drink a day for women and two drinks a day for men
- A previous stroke or TIA (transient ischemic attack or “mini stroke”)