Huntsville Hospital is the only Primary Stroke Center in Madison County. The most recent guidelines from 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.
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.
|Some risk factors for stroke are uncontrollable, such as age or family history, but many can be changed, controlled or treated:
- High blood pressure
- Cigarette smoking
- Heart disease
- High cholesterol
- Poor diet
- Physical inactivity
|Talk to your primary care physician about modifying your lifestyle to reduce the risk 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.
For more information about stroke, visit strokeassociation.org.