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Know the Warning Signs of Strokes

Stroke Symptoms: Don't Ignore Them.

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

  • Quality Care

    Certified by the Joint Commission as a comprehensive stroke center, which means patients receive the highest level of stroke care

  • Regional Leader

    In the last year 85 hospitals across the region transferred nearly 1,000 patients to Rush

  • Risk Assessments

    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

  • Comprehensive Rehabilitation

    Includes occupational therapy, speech therapy, physical therapy

  • Emotional Support

    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:

  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Diabetes
  • 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”)