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Stroke Treatment at Blount Memorial Hospital begins with immediate, expert and effective diagnosis and treatment

Every minute counts when it comes to diagnosing and treating stroke. There is a narrow time window during which certain stroke treatments can be administered. According to the National Stroke Association, the majority of patients don't report to the emergency room until more than 24 hours after the onset of stroke symptoms. The longer a stroke patient waits to get medical help, the greater the likelihood of permanent disability.

Through the Blount Memorial stroke program, each patient is assessed and diagnosed immediately by our expert emergency medicine physicians. These physicians are highly skilled at recognizing stroke symptoms and administering the latest medical treatments available.

If you suspect stroke, seek immediate medical attention. Call 9-1-1 or get to the Blount Memorial emergency department immediately.

Stroke symptoms include:

  • sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg - especially 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 have experienced any of these symptoms, you may have had a TIA or mini-stroke.  If you think someone else may be having a stroke, act F.A.S.T. and do this simple test:

FACE: Ask the person to smile to see if one side of the face droops.

ARMS: Ask the person to raise both arms to see if one arm drifts downward.

SPEECH: Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence to see if the words are slurred or if there is a problem remembering the words.

TIME: If the person exhibits any of these symptoms, every second that passes could mean lost brain cells. Get to the hospital immediately.

For more information about the Blount Memorial stroke program or the hospital’s free stroke support group, call 865-980-4739.

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