Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the U.S.
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. Being able to recognize
a stroke is the first key to survival. Paying attention to high blood pressure and cholesterol level and exercise can dramatically lessen your risk for stroke.
From the first sign of symptoms, call 9-1-1, then get to an Emergency Room
One hour could make the difference of a lifetime. Another key to survival is to take immediate action. 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 Novant Health Thomasville
Medical Center's highly-specialized staff is always ready to help in a stroke emergency.
Know the Warning Signs:
Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the
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 has adopted StrokeSense, a program developed by leading
community hospitals and their affiliated physicians nationwide to help educate our
community about strokes.
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, call us at 336-476-2792.