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You may know to get urgent help for a heart attack, but did you know the signs of stroke are just as serious? Think of stroke as a brain attack, which happens when blood flow to the brain is blocked and cells begin to die.

Stroke can cause death or permanent disability. Treatment is most effective within the first three hours—and the sooner the treatment, the better chance of survival.

What Are the Signs of Stroke?

When blood flow to the brain is blocked, that's when you're against the clock. When you suspect someone is having a stroke, think F.A.S.T.:

Is one side of the face drooping or numb? Ask the person to smile.

Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms.

Is speech slurred? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like "the sky is blue."

If you or another person show any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 immediately. Stroke is a medical emergency and receiving timely stroke treatment is an important step to recovery.

Calling 911 means that emergency medical personnel can begin the assessment process on the way to the hospital and a specialized medical team can be ready for your arrival.

These warning signs may last only a few moments, then go away. Even in this case, don't ignore these symptoms. These could be "mini-strokes" which are caused by a serious underlying condition that requires urgent medical help.

Who Is At Risk for Stroke?

Anyone can have a stroke, but some people have a higher risk.

You can take steps to help control the following risk factors:

  • High blood pressure
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • Heart disease
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Not enough physical activity

Some risk factors are trait-based:

  • Age 55 or older
  • Female
  • African American, Hispanic, Asian or Pacific Islander
  • Family history of stroke or heart attack

Certain drugs can lead to higher risk:

  • Birth control pills
  • Estrogen hormone therapy

If you have these risk factors, talk with your doctor about ways to reduce your risk.

Nationally Recognized Stroke Care

In 2020, Carle Foundation Hospital was again named among the top 50 hospitals in the nation and has received a five-star rating for treatment of strokes every year since 2007 by Healthgrades®. We've also been the recipient of the Healthgrades Stroke Care Excellence Award™ each year since 2009.

We also received the AHA/ASA Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus quality achievement award and Target: Stroke Honor Roll.

Carle BroMenn Medical Center is designated as a Primary Stroke Center and is the recipient of the AHA/ASA Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus quality achievement award and Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite.

Carle Hoopeston Regional Health Center, Carle Eureka Hospital and Carle Richland Memorial Hospital are recognized as Acute Stroke Ready Hospitals.

Treated Conditions

Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)
Carotid and Vertebral Artery Dissection
Cavernous Malformation
Dural AV Fistula
Intracerebral Hemorrhage
Intracranial Atherosclerotic Disease

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With doctors practicing in 80 specialties at locations throughout the region, it’s easy to find the right healthcare team at Carle. Our mission is to serve people through high quality care, medical research and education.


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