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How to spot a stroke F.A.S.T.

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.

If you notice any signs or symptoms of a stroke, call 911 immediately and ask the ambulance to take you to the nearest certified stroke center like the Primary Stroke Center at Mercyhealth Hospital and Trauma Center–Janesville.

You can greatly reduce your risk for stroke through lifestyle changes and, in some cases, medication.

Risk factors you can’t change

  • Age
  • Genetics
  • Race
  • Gender


Risk factors you can change

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Irregular heart rhythm (atrial fibrillation)
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Excess alcohol consumption
  • Lack of regular exercise


We’re here to help and comfort you through the challenges of stroke. We have everything you need in place: advanced diagnostics, the newest treatments, and many recovery and rehabilitation options.  Mercyhealth’s Primary Stroke Center features a 23-bed neurological care unit, a 15-bed intensive care unit (ICU), a 14-bed inpatient rehabilitation unit, and a 16-bed emergency department, all staffed by specially trained nurses who provide excellent care for our stroke patients.

We hold a free monthly Stroke Survivors’ Support Group for stroke patients and their families. For more information, call (888) 39-MERCY. You may also find helpful resources at your convenience by visiting

Stay well!

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