Canton, Ohio: If a loved one experienced the signs of a stroke, would you be able to identify them in time to save his or her life? With a stroke, every minute, every second, counts, and in recognition of National Stroke Month, the Stroke Center at Mercy wants to make sure everyone in the community can identify the signs of a stroke.
Know the Signs
Every 45 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke. Recognizing the warning signs of a stroke could save your (or a loved one’s) life. Signs of a stroke may include:
• Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg (especially on one side of the body)
• Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech
• Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
• Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
• Sudden severe headache with no known cause
Seeking immediate medical care after the onset of any of these symptoms it vital to survival and the prevention of brain damage. Depending on the magnitude of the stroke and how quickly you receive treatment, the effects can range from minor weakness of a limb to paralysis on one side of the body or death. If you or someone you know experiences one or more of these symptoms, call 911 immediately.
Mercy Stroke Center
Mercy Stroke Center has earned the Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Centers and is an American Heart Association “Get with the Guidelines – Stroke” designated center which aligns treatment with the latest scientific guidelines. From rapid diagnosis and treatment at Mercy Emergency Department to an inpatient rehabilitation center and educational and support groups, Mercy Stroke Center can help. Mercy also offers the Peer Visitation program, which coordinates visits from volunteer stroke survivors to offer encouragement and support to current stroke patients. For more information, call Mercy Medical Center at 330-489-1000. To take an interactive Stroke Quiz and test your knowledge, log onto Mercy Medical Center’s web site (www.cantonmercy.org) and click on “Online Health Library”.
Mercy Medical Center, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, operates a 476-bed hospital serving Stark, Carroll, Wayne, Holmes and Tuscarawas Counties and parts of Southeastern Ohio. It has 620 members on its Medical Staff and employs 2,500 people. Mercy operates outpatient health centers in Carrollton, Jackson Township, Lake Township, Louisville, North Canton, Plain Township and Tuscarawas County. A Catholic hospital, Mercy Medical Center upholds the mission and philosophy of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and continues to be responsive to the needs of the community. For more information, see cantonmercy.org.
*This news release is one in a three part series to help the community understand the risk factors, sign, symptoms, types and recovery options regarding stroke during May, National Stroke Month.