Strokes most often strike without warning. Patients who receive a proper diagnosis and treatment within hours of the appearance of stroke symptoms have the best chance for survival and recovery.
Signs and Symptoms (FAST):
- Facial drooping
- Asection of the face, usually only on one side, is drooping and difficult to move
- Arm weakness
- Inability to raise one's arm fully
- Speech difficulties
- Inability or difficulty to understand or produce speech
- Is of the essence when having a stroke.
- Call 9-1-1
- Call 9-1-1 immediately after recognizing these symptoms.
- High Blood Pressure | Hypertension
- Heart Disease
- Smoking | Tobacco Use
- High Cholesterol
- Excessive Alcohol
or Illicit Drug Use
Time is Brain
On average, every 40 seconds someone in the United States suffers a stroke. It is the third leading cause of death and the number one cause of long-term disability. Where you are treated first can make a difference. Carondelet’s Primary Stroke Center teams are available 24/7 at the Carondelet Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital, and at St. Mary’s Hospital.
Primary Stroke Center Certification
The Joint Commission's Certificate of Distinction for Primary Stroke Centers recognizes centers that make exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke care. Achievement of certification signifies that the services our hospitals provide have the critical elements to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes. It is the best signal to the Southern Arizona community that the quality care provided at Carondelet Health Network is effectively managed to meet the unique and specialized needs of stroke patients.
Learn more about Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center certification.