A stroke, or brain attack, happens when blood flow to your brain is stopped. It is an emergency situation. It’s important to know the signs of a stroke and get help quickly. Call 911 right away. Treatment is most effective when started right away. Learn more about stroke symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.
Stroke symptoms may happen suddenly and may include:
• Weakness or numbness of the face, arm, or leg, usually on one side of the body
• Having trouble speaking or understanding
• Problems with vision, such as dimness or loss of vision in one or both eyes
• Dizziness or problems with balance or coordination
• Problems with movement or walking
• Fainting (loss of consciousness) or seizure
• Severe headaches with no known cause, especially if they happen suddenly
Learn more about the types of stroke, risk factors, symptoms and diagnosis in this overview of stroke.
Stroke is the fifth largest cause of death, ranking behind diseases of the heart, all forms of cancer, and lower respiratory disease. Almost every 40 seconds in the United States, someone has a stroke. This article shares the statistics of stroke.
There are two categories of stroke: ischemic strokes and hemorrhagic strokes. Learn more about the different types of strokes in this informative article.
The effects of stroke vary from person to person based on the type, severity, location, and number of strokes. The brain is very complex. Each area of the brain is responsible for a special function or ability. When an area of the brain is damaged from a stroke, the loss of normal function of part of the body may occur. This may result in a disability. Explore the effects of stroke based on where the stroke occurs in the brain.
In addition to a complete medical history and physical examination, diagnostic procedures for stroke may include: imaging tests of the brain, tests that evaluate the brain’s electrical activity and tests that measure blood flow. Learn more about the evaluation procedures used to diagnose stroke.
During a stroke quality care can’t wait. Receiving the right care quickly during a stroke can minimize brain damage and improve patient outcomes. WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital has achieved certification as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission. This advanced certification reflects the hospital’s adherence to the highest standards for quality stroke care. Learn more about stroke care in Lebanon.
Stroke Survivor Group
The Paul F. Dixon Stroke Center at the WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital is dedicated to stroke prevention, education, quality care and improving recovery. As a way of assisting our community in stroke recovery, a support group has been established to help stroke survivors and their families. This group offers a way for stroke survivors to meet others with similar challenges and experiences and also provides mutual positive support. The group will be given accurate information on understanding stroke recovery, rehabilitation and prevention of future strokes. To find upcoming dates, CLICK HERE, select Lebanon County and search for Stroke.