It is extremely important to become educated on the signs and symptoms of stroke, especially since North Carolina has one of the highest mortality rates of stroke in the U.S. Stroke symptoms include the sudden onset of weakness in your arms or legs, blurry vision, dizziness, staggering gate/difficulty balancing, confusion and/or speech difficulty.
The word FAST can help you remember the signs of a stroke:
- Face: Does the face look uneven? Ask the person to smile.
- Arm: Does one arm drift down? Ask the person to raise both arms.
- Speech: Does their speech sound strange? Ask the person to repeat a phrase.
- Time: Every second, brain cells die. Call 9-1-1 at any sign of stroke.
With stroke, time is of the essence! The quicker a stroke patient receives care, the better their outcomes. If experiencing stroke symptoms, do not hesitate, call 911 immediately and they can get you to the nearest hospital to receive proper care. The Cone Health Stroke Center, located at Moses Cone Hospital, is a Joint Commission-certified Primary Stroke Center, with a highly specialized team that coordinates a state-of-the-art program to identify and treat stroke patients quickly and effectively.
Dr. Osvaldo Camilo is a neurohospitalist at the Cone Health Stroke Center. Dr. Camilo received a Doctor of Medicine from Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. He completed his residency at Howard University Hospital and fellowship training at the University of Michigan.