Stroke

stroke-911Huntsville Hospital is the only Primary Stroke Center in Madison County. The most recent guidelines from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association recommend that paramedics transport a stroke patient to the closest facility most capable of treating acute stroke, even if that means bypassing other hospitals. Our physicians and specially-trained staff in the neurological patient care units and Neuro Intensive Care Unit (NICU) want the best possible outcome for each patient.

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. Huntsville Hospital’s 24/7 Stroke Team reminds you to seek medical help immediately if you or a loved one experience any warning signs of stroke.

Know the symptoms and act F.A.S.T.

  • Face droops on one side
  • Arm drifts downward when raised
  • Speech is slurred
  • Time – Call 9-1-1 immediately.
    Approximately 1.9 million brain cells die every minute a stroke goes untreated.

Beyond F.A.S.T.

Other Symptoms You Should Know

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the leg, arm or face
  • Sudden confusion or trouble 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

(Source: American Stroke Association)