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Stroke Overview


Stroke occurs when there is a lack of oxygen to the brain. This is usually caused by the sudden loss of blood flow to the brain which can be the result of a blood vessel being clogged by plaque, blood clots or when an artery in the brain ruptures and bleeds.


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Know The Signs Of A Stroke

Strokes usually give warnings. It is important to know the warning signs of a stroke and seek medical attention immediately at a hospital with a stroke center. Prompt medical attention may prevent a serious stroke and prevent injury to the brain.

If you experience any of these stroke symptoms:

  • Sudden numbness and tingling or weakness of the face, arm or leg, usually on one side of the body
  • Sudden loss of speech, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden vision problems
  • Sudden unexplained dizziness, unsteadiness or sudden falls, especially with any of the other symptoms
  • Sudden severe headache with no apparent cause, described as the ‘worst headache’ of my life.

Act F.A.S.T. with these stroke signs:

  • Face: Does one side of the face drop?
  • Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  • Speech: Is speech slurred?
  • Time: If the person shows any of these symptoms, call 9-1-1.

Learn More About The Stroke Center At Mercy Medical Center Redding

For more information about the Stroke Center, please call 530.225.7365. For a physician referral, call 888.628.1948 or use our search tool to Find a Doctor.