How much do you know about stroke?
Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center offers stroke treatment, rehabilitation and education. As a nationally-accredited stroke center, we know that every minute counts when it comes to a brain attack. Our team of experts is ready to act fast.
Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States.
Some people wouldn't know a stroke if it hit them in the head! Most people think they know about strokes. But too often, they don't know enough. Stroke is not just an older person's illness; it can strike people of all ages. In fact, it's the third leading cause of death in the U.S. The first key to surviving a stroke is being able to recognize a stroke. Paying attention to high blood pressure, cholesterol and exercise can dramatically lessen your risk for stroke.
Another key to survival is to take immediate action. From the first on-set of symptoms, call 9-1-1 and get to an Emergency Room, because one hour could make the difference of a lifetime for you or a loved one. Why? Because receiving medical attention as early as possible within the first three hours of a stroke greatly increases a person's chance for survival and even complete recovery. Also, learn what resources you have available in your area and keep in mind that Thomasville Medical Center's highly-specialized staff is always ready to help in a stroke emergency.
From the first sign of symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately! Get to an Emergency Room. One hour could make the difference of a lifetime.
Know the warning signs:
- 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 in one or both eyes
- Sudden dizziness, loss of balance or coordination or trouble walking
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause.
Thomasville Medical Center was the first community hospital nationally to adopt StrokeSense, a program developed by leading community hospitals, and their affiliated physicians nationwide, to help educate our community about strokes.
Call 336-474-3456 and ask for our StrokeSense information packet. For your convenience, we've provided a list of questions that may be helpful when talking to your doctor about stroke:
- What are my risk factors for stroke, and what can I do to lower my risk?
- What is my blood pressure?
- What is my cholesterol level?
- Can aspirin help prevent strokes and help treat "mini strokes"?
- What are the five warning signs of stroke?
- What tests can determine if I'm at risk for stroke?
- Which hospital in my community specializes in treatment of stroke?
- Besides immediate hospitalization, what else can I do if I experience the signs of a stroke?
For More Information
For more information, call us at 336-474-3456.