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Stroke Information

Are You at Risk for Stroke? Know the Risk Factors

If you have these risk factors, consult your physician. Education, prevention and detection can save your life.

  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Smoking
  • Family History of Stroke
  • Prior Stroke or TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack)
  • High Cholesterol
  • Obesity

Know the Warning Signs of Stroke

If you or a loved one experience any of these symptoms, seek help immediately at Erlanger, the region's only accredited PRimary Stroke Center.

  • Weakness, numbness or tingling in face, arm and/or leg (especially on one side of the body),
  • Difficulty speaking or understanding speech
  • Blurred vision (especially in one eye), loss of vision or double vision
  • Dizziness, lack of coordination
  • Sudden, severe or explosive headache

If you suspect someone is having a stroke

Quick action is key, act 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?

S = SPEECH
Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Are the words slurred? Can the person repeat the sentence correctly?

T = TIME
If the person shows any of these symptoms, time is critical. Call 9-1-1 and get to the nearest stroke center. Brain cells are dying.