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Published on May 04, 2015

Act Fast with Stroke Symptoms

SRHS Encourages Calling 9-1-1 When Signs of Stroke Occur

Do you know the symptoms of a stroke? Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS) is helping increase awareness of the signs and symptoms associated with strokes during National Stroke Awareness Month in May.

If you experience any of these signs or symptoms, call 9-1-1:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the leg, arm or face
  • Sudden confusion or trouble understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes 
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause

“Stroke signs and symptoms are often subtle. It’s important to call 9-1-1 and go to the closest stroke center in a timely fashion to rule out the possibility of a stroke,” said Debby Bridgeman, RN, MSN, and stroke program leader. “Some of the more subtle signs of stroke that are often ignored include dizziness, numbness, weakness, loss of balance and a headache.”

Spartanburg Medical Center is a certified stroke center, allowing patients to receive the best possible care from the time a stroke happens through recovery.

“The stroke certification for primary stroke centers means we have quality guided protocols and processes in place to allow for rapid identification and timely treatment of stroke,” Bridgeman said. “These protocols help to reduce disabilities and improve patient outcomes following a stroke.”

Stroke is the leading cause of long term disability and the fifth leading cause of death in the United States, with more than 800,000 strokes occurring each year. Some risk factors for stroke include high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, tobacco use, drug abuse, or lack of exercise.

 “Stroke patients need to be evaluated quickly to determine if they are eligible for the clot busting medication,” Bridgeman said. “It is important to recognize the signs and symptoms of stroke and call 9-1-1 immediately to avoid any delays in treatment.”

Patients have less than two-hours after having stroke symptoms to get to the hospital to be evaluated for the medication that can help reduce disability.

“Act FAST” if you experience the following:

F-Face Drooping: One side of the face is drooping or numb

A-Arm Weakness: One arm is weak or numb

S- Speech Difficulty: Speech is slurred or a person is unable to speak or be understood

T- Time to Call 9-1-1: Call 9-1-1 if any of these symptoms occur

About Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System

Featuring a full spectrum of services, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS) is comprised of three hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, a multi-disciplinary physician group, a vibrant post-acute division, and is home to Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute. With more than 300 physicians and 5,900 associates on staff, SRHS serves 11 counties in South and North Carolina. Spartanburg Medical Center was ranked No. 1 regional hospital in South Carolina by U.S. News and World Report; the Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Commission on Cancer; and the American Nurses Association lists SRHS among the nation’s top 7 percent of hospitals for excellence in nursing.

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