When a stroke occurs, as many as two million brain cells can die every
minute until blood flow inside the brain is restored. The more cells that
are lost, the greater the odds that this “brain attack” will
result in permanent disability or death.
That fact underscores the need to know the warning signs of a stroke and
call 9-1-1 immediately if you see or experience them. That allows emergency medical professionals
to begin supportive and interventional measures well before the ambulance
reaches the hospital. Moreover, most emergency response teams are in communication
with the hospital’s emergency department while enroute, so essential
medical staff can be waiting.
Warning Signs of Stroke
A stroke occurs when the brain does not get the blood it needs. Strokes
can cause serious brain damage, disability or even death. There are two
main ways a stroke can happen:
A blood vessel in the brain becomes blocked by a blood clot. This is called anischemic stroke.
A blood vessel in the brain bursts and stops the supply of blood to part
of the brain. This is called a
The warning signs of a stroke include:
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially when it
happens on just one side of the body
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or trouble understanding
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness or loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause
Longmont United Hospital is staffed, equipped and prepared to help stroke
patients if they are seen in time. It is vital to call 9-1-1 and get treatment
as soon as possible if you or someone you are with shows signs of a stroke.
Every minute counts!
To remember the signs of stroke, think FAST:
F = FACE. Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
A = ARMS. Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward? Is one
arm weak or numb?
S = SPEECH. Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Is speech slurred? Is the
sentence repeated correctly?
T = TIME. If the person shows any of these symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately!
Our Acute Stroke Response Team is Ready 24/7
Longmont United Hospital has an acute stroke response team available around
the clock. This team includes emergency medicine specialists, neurologists,
neurosurgeons, radiologists, critical care specialists, nurses and radiology
technicians. Together, they provide immediate and experienced stroke expertise
to determine if the latest treatments—such as clot-busting medications—can
benefit a stroke patient. Advanced imaging supports the interventions
needed to open blocked arteries and restore blood flow as quickly as possible.
Specialized care for stroke patients is provided in our acute care unit,
where patients receive coordinated care, comprehensive monitoring and
expert intervention from the multidisciplinary team. The unit is equipped
with state-of-the-science monitoring equipment and is staffed by a skilled
and experienced team of physicians, nurses, therapists and other medical
support professionals. Here, physicians, therapists and counselors provide
care to patients throughout their stay, a unique aspect that has been
shown to improve a patient's sense of well being and decrease the
length of stay.
Experts from other medical disciplines are readily available for consultation,
further enhancing the recovery process, and promoting a faster return
to an optimal level of health and activity.