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Stroke Center - Stroke Center at Sibley

Stroke is an Emergency. Act F.A.S.T.

Stroke is the leading cause of death and serious long-term physical and mental disabilities.

Act FASTStroke is an Emergency: Every minute counts
For warning signs of a stroke, remember the word F.A.S.T.

F:  FACE: Facial droop, uneven smile
A:  ARM: Arm numbness, arm weakness
S:  SPEECH: Slurred speech, difficulty speaking or understanding
T:  TIME:  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 Stroke Support Group 

If you or someone you care for has had a stroke, join us to learn and share experiences. Jason Freeman, M.D., medical director, Sibley Stroke Program, will lead the discussion. 

Refreshments will be served. Please contact Jennifer Knitting, stroke coordinator, at or 202-660-7413.

When: Meets every third Wednesday of the month from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Where: Sibley Medical Building, Conference Room 5

The Stroke Support Group will meet on the third Wednesday of each month.  Check out the Community Event Calendar for information on upcoming sessions.


Learn about Stroke with Jason Freeman, M.D.

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. 
For more information on The Joint Commission and American Heart Association's Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Center visit or
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!
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