A stroke, also called a brain attack, occurs when a blood clot blocks the blood supply to the brain or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts.
About 137,000 Americans die of stroke every year. Stroke is a serious medical emergency. It is a leading cause of death in the United States. Stroke also causes significant disability, such as paralysis, speech difficulties and emotional problems. In fact, stroke is the leading cause of significant disability nationwide.
The chance you will survive and recover from a stroke is higher if you get emergency treatment right away. To spot signs and symptoms of a stroke, remember B.E. F.A.S.T.
B = balance loss
E = eye blindness
F = face drooping
A = arm weakness
S = speech difficulty
T = time to call 911
Mercyhealth is home to five certified stroke centers.
Comprehensive Stroke Center
Primary Stroke Centers
Acute Stroke Ready Hospitals
If you notice a loved one having any signs or symptoms of a stroke, call 911 immediately and ask the ambulance to take them to the nearest Mercyhealth certified stroke center.
To learn more about our certified stroke centers, please visit mercyhealthsystem.org/stroke