Stroke is an Emergency. Act F.A.S.T.
Stroke is the leading cause of death and serious long-term physical and mental disabilities.
Stroke is an Emergency: Every minute counts
For warning signs of a stroke, remember the word F.A.S.T.
Facial droop, uneven smile
Arm numbness, arm weakness
Slurred speech, difficulty speaking or understanding
Call 911 to activate the Stroke Response Team
Download your own printable ACT F.A.S.T. card here.
Are you at risk?
Risk factors include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, smoking, heavy alcohol use, physical inactivity and obesity, irregular heatbeat and a family history of stroke.
But the symptoms went away after a few minutes...
If symptoms appear and then disappear quickly, it may be a mini-stroke (TIA). This can be an important warning sign.
Sibley's Emergency Department
is experienced treating patients who have experienced a stroke. Remember, every minute counts. Call 911 if you think you or someone close to you is experiencing a stroke
How do you know if you are having a medical emergency? Seek immediate medical attention if you are experiencing any of these symptoms
Sibley Memorial Hospital is a Primary Stroke Center
The Joint Commission, in conjunction with The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, recently recognized Sibley Memorial Hospital with Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. Achievement of Advanced Primary Stroke Center Certification signifies an organization’s dedication to fostering better outcomes for patients. Sibley’s Advanced Primary Stroke Center Certification has demonstrated that their program meets critical elements of performance to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes for stroke patients.
Sibley underwent a rigorous on-site review in May, 2013. A Joint Commission expert reviewed Sibley’s compliance with the requirements for The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification program as well as primary stroke center requirements, such as collecting Joint Commission core measure data and using it for performance improvement activities.
Developed in collaboration with the American Stroke Association and launched in 2003, The Joint Commission's Primary Stroke Center Certification program is based on the Brain Attack Coalition's "Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers." Certification is available only to stroke programs in Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals.
It is important to know the warning signs of stroke and teach them to your friends and family. If someone is having a stroke call 911 immediately! Time lost is brain lost!