There is no warning before a stroke, which happens when an artery is blocked by a blood clot or ruptures as a result of cardiovascular disease.
Depending on the type of stroke and how long it takes the person to receive treatment, this condition can seriously impact quality of life – or result in death.
Learn, Know, Act
Knowing the signs of a stroke will allow you to act decisively to save your own life, or the life of someone else. According to the national Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, here are the top five symptoms of stroke:
· Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg.
· Sudden confusion or trouble speaking or understanding others.
· Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
· Sudden dizziness, trouble walking, or loss of balance or coordination.
· Sudden severe headache with no known cause.
Sometimes, a person will suffer a transient ischemic attack (TIA), often called a mini-stroke. Unlike a regular stroke, a TIA does not cause permanent damage. However, it is often a warning of a more serious stroke. Even if the symptoms go away, call 911 immediately, the CDC cautions.
Some risk factors for stroke are not changeable (age, family history, race, gender, having had a stroke, TIA or heart attack before).
Other risk factors can be modified or treated, including diet, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking and physical inactivity.
Aventura’s Gold Standard
You may not know that Aventura Hospital and Medical Center is the first hospital in Miami-Dade to receive the 2009 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award.
This award recognizes the outstanding level of care Aventura provides to stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines. Learn more
To receive it, Aventura achieved of 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Performance Achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month intervals, and achieved 75% or higher compliance with six of 10 Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Measures, which are reporting initiatives to measure quality of care.
As part of that continuing commitment to quality care, Aventura Hospital and Medical Center recently launched a new stroke survivor support group called “HOPE FOR STROKE”. The group meets the 4th Wednesday of every month at 11:00am at Aventura Hospital’s Biscayne Medical Arts Building in room 101. The support group is a free service offered to survivors, family and friends.
For more information about stroke, its warning signs, and treatment options, or to find out about our next support group meeting, contact Consult-A-Nurse®at 1-888-256-7692, or visit Aventura Hospital and Medical Center online.