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Stroke Education for Patients

At Stead Heart & Vascular Center, we prioritize patient education to empower individuals with knowledge about stroke prevention, recognition, and management. Understanding the warning signs of stroke and knowing how to respond can save lives and minimize the impact of stroke-related disabilities. Below, we provide essential information on stroke, including its signs and symptoms, care options, and specific considerations for women.

Recognizing Stroke: BE FAST

B - Balance: Sudden loss of balance or coordination.

E - Eyes: Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.

F - Face: Face drooping or numbness, especially on one side.

A-Arms: Weakness or numbness in one arm, often on one side of the body.

S - Speech: Slurred speech or difficulty speaking.

T - Time: Time to call 911 immediately if any of these symptoms occur.

Immediate Action

If you or someone you know experiences any of the BE FAST symptoms, do not wait. Call 911 immediately. Time is crucial, and early intervention can significantly improve outcomes.

Care and Treatment

Upon arrival at the hospital, medical professionals will conduct tests to determine the type and severity of the stroke. Treatment options may include clot-dissolving medication, known as tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), or mechanical thrombectomy, a procedure to remove blood clots from blocked blood vessels in the brain.

Recovery and Rehabilitation

Following initial treatment, stroke survivors may undergo rehabilitation to regain lost skills and learn strategies to cope with any lasting disabilities. Rehabilitation may include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and counseling to address emotional and psychological challenges.

Stroke in Women

While stroke affects both men and women, women may experience unique symptoms and risk factors. Women are more likely to experience non-traditional stroke symptoms, such as sudden face and limb pain, hiccups, nausea, or general weakness. Additionally, women may have specific risk factors, such as pregnancy, hormone replacement therapy, and certain birth control methods. It's essential for women to be aware of these differences and seek prompt medical attention if they suspect a stroke.

Empowering Patients

Education is key to preventing and managing strokes. By knowing the signs and symptoms of stroke, understanding the importance of immediate action, and being aware of specific risk factors, patients can take proactive steps to protect their health and well-being. At Stead Heart & Vascular Center, we are committed to providing the information and support patients need to navigate their stroke journey with confidence.