A stroke, which is also sometimes referred to as a "brain attack," occurs when the blood supply to the brain is interrupted. If the brain does not receive a continuous supply of blood, brain cells begin to die within seconds. That's why
time is of the essence when it comes to the treatment of a stroke. Unfortunately, perhaps more than one-third of people having a stroke will not call 911 to access what could be lifesaving treatment.
Patient Maureen Pekosh discusses how receiving
treatment within two hours of her stroke and the collaborative efforts of the NorthShore Neurological Institute's Acute Stroke Team made her remarkable recovery possible.
Join us on Saturday, November 15th from 10-12 p.m. for a free morning
event--Prevention and Treatment of Stroke. Neurologists and neurosurgeons from NorthShore and the Mayo Clinic will provide attendees with information on the latest innovations in advanced diagnosis and treatment. For more information and to register
to attend click here.
Don't ignore the signs of a stroke. Always remember to act FAST:
Arm and/or leg weakness or numbness Speech or language difficulty Timing, or get medical attention immediately
A stroke—sometimes also referred to as a “brain attack”—is caused by an interrupted supply of blood to the brain from the heart. Without the proper blood flow, the brain cannot function correctly. Given that the brain is a vital organ—literally controlling
everything we do from speaking, to walking and breathing—it is very important to know the signs, symptoms and risk factors involved with stroke.
Barbara Small, RN, nurse specialist at the NorthShore Stroke Program outlines some the common facts:
Common Stroke Symptoms
If you or someone you know has any of these symptoms, please call 911 immediately.
What are you doing to reduce your risk for stroke?