According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death and the number one cause of adult disability. Baton Rouge General offers extensive, evidence-based quality stroke care. It is important for you to know the signs and symptoms of a stroke so that you can act quickly when you suspect its onset.  

What is a stroke?

A stroke occurs when vital blood flow and oxygen are cut off from the brain. This brain attack is the fourth leading cause of death, killing over 133,000 people each year and is a leading cause of serious, long-term adult disability. There are an estimated 7 million stroke survivors in the US over the age of twenty. 

A stroke can happen to anyone at any time, regardless of race, sex or age. 

Warning Signs of a Stroke

Few people in the US know the warning signs of a stroke and learning them and acting FAST when they occur could save your life or the life of a loved one. Use the FAST test to remember the warning signs of a stroke:

F = FACE          Ask the person to smile. Does one side of their face droop?
A = ARMS        Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S = SPEECH    Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Does the speech sound slurred or strange?
T = TIME          If you observe any of these signs (independently or together), call 911 immediately

Many risk factors for having a stroke are beyond our control and can inherently put us at risk, while others can be controlled and managed with the help of a medical professional or through diet and exercise. Click here to learn ways that you can reduce your stroke risk.

Baton Rouge General also offers a stroke support group for patients and their family members learning to deal with the effects of a stroke.  Check our Events Calendar to find a support group.