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Stroke Awareness: Learn What You Can Do to Save A Life

Stroke is the third leading cause of death for Americans. On average, someone dies of a stroke every three minutes. May has been designated as Stroke Awareness Month and there’s no better time to learn the warning signs and what you can do to save a life.

With immediate care from providers like Norman Regional, people can survive and go on to live happy, healthy lives.

“Time equals brain loss,” said Dr. James E. Duncan, M.D., medical director of Norman Regional’s Stroke Program. “Time matters and at Norman Regional the moment a patient comes through our Emergency Rooms doors our multidisciplinary team is ready. From our ER physicians and lab technicians to the nurses and neurologists, a patient suffering what could be a life changing event is getting the best care available.”

Stroke Strikes Fast. You Should Too. Call 9-1-1.

Few Americans know the symptoms of stroke. Learning them—and acting FAST when they occur—could save your life or the life of a loved one. Common stroke symptoms include:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg – especially on one side of the body,
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding,
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes,
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination,
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause.

Use the F.A.S.T. method for recognizing and responding to stroke symptoms:

F = FACE Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

A = ARMS Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

S = SPEECH Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Does the speech sound slurred or strange?

T = TIME If you observe any of these signs, it’s time to call 9-1-1 or get to the nearest stroke center or hospital. Norman Regional Hospital, 901 N. Porter, has a stroke program that is certified in disease specific care.

Norman Regional Health System has earned the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Centers. The Gold Seal of Approval is a clear sign that Norman Regional is compliant with the most stringent standards of performance. Norman Regional’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Center is also CARF certified in stroke care.

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