SGMC Program Targets Stroke Patients
Dr. Megow says. “Other medical conditions, such as a recent surgery, may also prevent a patient from getting a clot-buster.”
Strokes are serious life-threatening conditions that require immediate medical care. The appropriateness and speed of the medical care you receive can mean the difference between recovery and severe neurological damage.
The acronym FAST is often used to describe the warning signs of stroke.
F: Face - the most common warning sign is sudden numbness of the face or facial droop, A: Arm - tingling or sudden weakness or numbness of the arm is another symptom, especially on one side of the body, S: Speech - don’t ignore sudden slurred or garbled speech, and T: Time - don’t delay. Call 911 immediately.
“Our goal is to provide best practices in stroke care and save lives,” says SGMC Chief Operating Officer Randy Sauls. “With this new program we are also pushing education and information. Strokes can be deadly. Don’t wait to see if stroke symptoms subside or get better on their own. Call 911 immediately at the first sign of stroke.”
For more information, visit the American Stroke Association website at www.strokeassociation.org or www.sgmc.org.