May Is National Stroke Awareness Month
Stroke has become the 5th leading cause of death in the United States, killing nearly 130,000 Americans each year. A stroke occurs when there is a blockage of vital blood flow and oxygen to the brain or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts. Fast, accurate treatment for stroke victims is critical for preserving brain function, since nearly 2 million brain cells die every minute during a stroke. From diagnosis and treatment to rehabilitation and research, Washington University stroke specialists at Barnes-Jewish Hospital are at the forefront of stroke care—giving our patients a better chance against this serious condition.
The good news is that 80 percent of strokes are preventable by simply making lifestyle changes. When a stroke does occur, it’s important to recognize the symptoms and act quickly. Every minute matters and time saved is brain saved.
Common stroke warning signs and symptoms
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
- Sudden trouble seeing with one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause
As Missouri’s first certified Comprehensive Stroke Center, the Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Stroke & Cerebrovascular Center is able to treat patients with stroke faster than other emergency departments in the area, with more successful recoveries. As part of our commitment to making sure patients have the best stroke care possible, we created the Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Hospital Stroke Network. This network creates collaborations between member hospitals and emergency medical responders to streamline and improve stroke care, regardless of where a patient is located. Our mission is to take exceptional care of patients affected by stroke and cerebrovascular disease through excellent treatment and leading research.
Category: Neurology & Neurosurgery