Expert Stroke Care In Salt Lake City
Act FAST During Brain Attacks
Hundreds of people each year are admitted to Utah hospitals for stroke-related complications. The after-effects of stroke can be minimized with early intervention and treatment. Thus, St. Mark’s Hospital has assembled a group of experienced experts to deliver the most advanced stroke care.
Our overall goal is to achieve national certification for treating this devastating condition. Over the next two years, our experts will work together to develop a Stroke Center of Excellence.
St. Mark’s Hospital is the most trusted resource in our region for stroke education, innovation, and evidence-based care. We're committed to health and healing through excellent service, compassionate care, integrity, mutual respect and continuous improvement.
What Is Stroke?
A stroke is a sudden interruption in the blood supply of the brain. It is a "brain attack."
What is a "brain attack"?
Would you know if you, a family member or co-worker was having a brain attack? And, would you recognize the signs quickly and get help?
A brain attack is more commonly known as a stroke. When one occurs, the brain's blood supply is interrupted. Within minutes, brain tissue starts to die and the victim experiences a sudden loss of function.
Stroke is the third leading cause of death and serious long-term disability in the United States. It strikes about 700,000 people each year and causes approximately 163,000 deaths annually. Left untreated, a stroke victim typically loses 1.9 million neurons every minute. When compared with the normal rate of aging, a stroke causes the human brain to age 3.6 years each hour without treatment.
Over the past decade, there has been a national effort to create more of a sense of urgency about responding to strokes. Calling this often debilitating condition a "brain attack" might well prompt people to act more quickly to signs of a stroke. As with a heart attack, when stroke victims receive treatment fast, more lives are saved and brain damage is significantly reduced.
See Warning Signs of Stroke? Act FAST
Sudden weakness of the face, arm or leg, most often on one side of the body.
Other Warning Signs Also Include:
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause
Here is the simple test for stroke. Memorize them and commit to Act F.A.S.T.:
- F = FACE
Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
- A = ARM
Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
- S = SPEECH
Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Does the speech sound slurred or strange?
- T = TIME
If you observe or experience any of these signs, remember that time is brain. Don't wait; call 911.
Call 911 for Help
If you or someone you know is having these signs, call 911. Stroke is a medical emergency. Treatment is available but only if a stroke is recognized very quickly:
- Don't try to diagnose the problem by yourself
- Don't wait to see if the symptoms go away on their own. Even if the symptoms go away quickly, they could be an important warning that requires prompt medical attention.
- Seek medical help immediately.