Act FAST: Patient Maureen Pekosh Shares Her Story of Recovery Following a Stroke

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 1:14 PM comments (0)

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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:

Facial droop
Arm and/or leg weakness or numbness
Speech or language difficulty
Timing, or get medical attention immediately 



Stroke: A Brain Attack Requiring Immediate Action

Friday, January 27, 2012 10:28 AM comments (1)

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:

Risk Factors

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Smoking
  • Excessive alcohol intake
  • Overweight
  • Lack of Exercise

Common Stroke Symptoms

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg, especially occurring on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause

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?


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