Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A stroke occurs when oxygen is no longer reaching the brain. The arteries leading to the brain can be blocked or the vessels may have ruptured. According to the American Stroke Association, stroke is the leading cause of disability as well as the fifth leading cause of death in the United States.

Seeking immediate help will increase the potential for a more positive outcome. The word to know is FAST. The acronym stands for the following signs, symptoms and action.

  • Face – one side starts to uncharacteristically droop
  • Arm – sudden weakness or inability to maneuver one arm
  • Speech – sudden inability to form words or speak properly
  • Time – Call 911 immediately

From 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday May 31, Norman Regional Health System (NRHS) is hosting a Get Stroke Smart program in the NRHS Education Center at 901 North Porter. This free community event will include a health fair with a stroke risk assessment and a professional panel discussion. Participants can take advantage of a lipid profile and an A1C blood test prior to the event at one of the NRHS labs. For more details and to RSVP, please call 405-307-3177.

Norman Regional Health System has been designated as a Certified Stroke Center by the Joint Commission. This designation has been awarded based on the exceptional effort and best practices unique to patients who have experienced a stroke.

When EMSStat, NRHS's emergency medical service serving Norman, Moore and the surrounding communities, is informed of a potential stroke, they begin communicating with the emergency department so that the appropriate personnel are onsite to provide immediate care upon arrival. The clot busting medication, Tissue Plasminogen Activator or TPA, can be administered upon arrival in the emergency department. The faster it is administered, the more brain cells can be saved.

By acting FAST, you can be a stroke hero. You have the ability to save a life or improve the quality of someone's lifestyle. Remember: Face, Arm, Speech and Time.

NRHS Get Stroke Smart Invitation