Time is essential when it comes to stroke. Every minute, every hour matters when someone is having a stroke.
Stroke is a neurological condition that occurs when blood flow to your brain is disrupted due to bleeding or a blood clot. Seeking immediate emergency care or calling 911 can save a person’s life in the event of a stroke.
Dignity Health Central Coast is the largest network of Primary Stroke Center hospitals in the area. Find a Doctor if you or a family member are at risk or are experiencing stroke symptoms on the Central Coast of California.
Identifying Stroke Signs & Symptoms
Our neurology care team recommends that everyone learn the common signs of a stroke. Knowing them can help save a person’s life.
Dignity Health Central Coast neurologists look for these common signs of stroke:
- Inability to speak a coherent sentence
- Weakness on one side or sagging of the face
- Severe headache with other stroke symptoms
- Arm or leg weakness and inability to move, especially if on one side
- Vision changes or loss in one or both eyes
An easy way to recognize stroke symptoms is remembering F.A.C.E. and these associated symptoms:
- F for Face: Is the person’s smile is lopsided?
- A for Arms: Does an arm droop when the person extends both arms to the sides and raises them to shoulder level?
- S for Speech: Does the person have trouble speaking a simple sentence?
- T for Time: If you answer “yes” to any of the questions above, call 911 immediately.
Diagnosing Causes of Stroke at Dignity Health Central Coast
When you come to our emergency room, a doctor will quickly examine the person for signs and symptoms of stroke. Our neurological team also may order computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of the head to identify the exact cause of the stroke. Life-saving, clot-busting medication can significantly help with stroke caused by a blood clot.
To understand early stroke signs and symptoms and our fast treatment, reach out to a Dignity Health Central Coast today.
Dignity Health neurology specialists identify stroke signs and symptoms throughout the Central Coast of California.