Recognize the signs of a stroke and seek emergency care

If you or a loved one suffers a stroke, it is critical to receive care as quickly as possible. As the fifth leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of disability, recognizing the signs of a stroke is crucial, as the faster you receive treatment, the better your chance for recovery.

Strokes occur when blood vessels leading to, or in, the brain are blocked or burst, and the brain no longer receives the blood essential to function. A temporary block is known as a TIA, or "mini stroke," which can also be debilitating.

Because every minute is critical when it comes to a stroke, seek emergency care right away if you notice any of these symptoms come on suddenly:

  • Confusion or trouble understanding speech
  • Difficulty walking, dizziness, loss of balance
  • Face drooping to one side, an uneven smile
  • Severe headache
  • Speech difficulty - recognized as slurred speech or inability to speak
  • Vision trouble
  • Weakness or numbness in an arm

Strokes are often preventable

Aside from age, most risk factors for strokes can be minimized by adopting a healthy lifestyle including the following:

  • Be physically active
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Get enough sleep
  • Keep blood pressure under control
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Manage cholesterol and blood sugar
  • Stop smoking

Leading experts in your backyard

The Wesley EmergencyCare Network offers four emergency rooms throughout the greater-Wichita area providing excellent care from our board-certified team of ER doctors for all medical emergencies.

As a Primary Care Stroke Center our team of physicians provides care that meets and surpasses the national standards for stroke patient outcomes. Our dedicated neurocritical care unit was designed to provide patients suffering from strokes with the immediate care they need.

If you notice signs of a stroke, do not hesitate. Call 911 immediately.

Learn more about our stroke care services or contact us at (316) 682-5544 for more information.