Act FAST for Better Stroke Care

Posted on Sep 23, 2013

image of a heart-shaped brain, illustrating a strokeSometimes called a brain “heart attack,” strokes are the third leading cause of death in the U.S.

In Oakland and Berkeley, the stroke death rate is higher than the national average.

What’s a stroke?

One common type of stroke is an ischemic stroke, which occurs when a blood clot causes a blockage in an artery that supplies blood to the brain.

Without oxygen-rich blood, brain cells die within minutes.

That’s why every second counts when a patient has a stroke because the longer the brain is left without oxygen, the greater the chance of brain damage and permanent disability.

Call 911 immediately if you or a loved one suddenly experiences any of the following “FAST” ischemic stroke symptoms:

• F: FACE–Uneven smile, facial droop/numbness, vision disturbance and/or headaches

• A: ARM & LEG–Weakness, numbness, difficulty walking, dizziness

• S: SPEECH–Slurred, inappropriate words, mute

• T: TIME–Time is critical; CALL 911

East Bay Stroke Center at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center

Our Regional Stroke Center is dedicated to quick response, advanced treatment and comprehensive rehabilitation services that span all three medical center campuses.

Find out more by visiting our Regional Stroke Center Website.

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