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Patient Education

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 comprehensive 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:

Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

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

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.

Knowing the Warning Signs of Stroke Can Save Your Life


Helpful Links

National Stroke Association

American Heart Association