Dr. Bill Falco, Dr. Arvind Ahuja and  Shannon Godville NP shared best practices relating to stroke warning signs and care.  Stroke care has moved to more of an interventional focus vs. strictly medication. Clot removal can be done very similar to heart catheterizations, by passing a wire thru a vessel in your leg and into your brain and removing the clot.  Stroke is the #5 killer in the US.  Do you have unusual changes (FAST) or a severe HA, like one never experienced before, do not delay, do not wait for someone to drive you...Call 9-1-1.  A rescue squad can get you there at least 15" faster AND will notify the hospital that you are on your way and the stroke team will be waiting for you when you arrive.  Important to note the time that "your last know well time" or time prior to any of the symptoms, as the clock for treatment begins from there. 


FAST is an easy way to remember and identify the most common symptoms of a stroke. Recognition of stroke and calling 9-1-1 will determine how quickly someone will receive help and treatment. Getting to a hospital rapidly will more likely lead to a better recovery.

Use FAST to Remember the Warning Signs of a Stroke

FACE: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
ARMS: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
SPEECH: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
TIME: If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.