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    Don't Ignore the Signs

    Get the facts. Know the how to spot the signs and the symptoms of a stroke.

Stroke Care

Stroke is a medical EMERGENCY and the first three hours are critical. If you or someone you know experiences any of the following listed symptoms, please call 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY and ask to be taken to the closest Primary Stroke Center.

Stroke Signs and Symptoms

Stroke Signs and Symptoms include the following:

  • Sudden onset of weakness or numbness of the face, arm, or leg (one-sided)
  • Sudden onset of a severe headache that has no known cause
  • Sudden onset of vision changes
  • Sudden onset of difficulty saying or understanding words
  • Sudden onset of confusion
  • Sudden onset of weakness or changes in walking, balance, or coordination

Time is Brain

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), each year approximately 795,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke. On average, someone in the US has a stroke every 40 seconds, and stroke is the leading cause of disability in the United States.


As a Certified Primary Stroke Center, Saint Francis Memorial Hospital uses the guidelines set forth by The Joint Commission to improve patient care and ultimately, patient outcomes related to stroke. The staff at Saint Francis is committed to providing the most up-to-date and evidence-based patient care. Because immediate care is crucial when diagnosing, treating, and managing a patient with a stroke, Saint Francis has established “Stroke Alert”, which is a quick response activated in the hospital or emergency department (ED) that includes the teamwork of radiology technicians, laboratory technicians, ED or in-patient physicians, the on-call neurologist, and nursing staff.


Awards and Recognitions:

Our Acute Rehabilitation is CARF Accredited and we also offer outpatient neurologic therapy through our outpatient therapy program. Please join us for our Classes & Events Download the Chinese Stroke Education booklet. 

Learn More About Our Stroke Services

For more information about our stroke services, please call 415.353.6927.

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GWTG-Gold Plus Award

Dignity Health Saint Francis Memorial Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines.

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Types of Stroke

Stroke occurs when a blood vessel bringing blood and oxygen to the brain becomes blocked or ruptures. Deprived of oxygen, brain and nerve cells stop working and begin to die within minutes. The effects of a stroke may be permanent depending on how many cells are lost, where they are in the brain, and how quickly you receive medical treatment.

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Diagnosing and Treating Stroke

Every second counts. Diagnosing and treating stroke within the first 4.5 hours of recognized stroke symptoms can minimize the effects of a stroke.

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Stroke Risk Factors

Knowing your risk factors is the first step in preventing a future stroke. You can change or treat some risk factors, and others you cannot. By having regular medical checkups and knowing your risk, you can focus on what you can change to lower your stroke risk.

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Lifestyle Changes To Help Prevent Stroke

You can do many things to help reduce your risk of stroke, even if you have already had a stroke. A healthy lifestyle plays a big part in decreasing your risk for disability and death from a stroke or heart attack