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How to know if you’re having a stroke

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Because North Carolina has one of the highest mortality rates of stroke in the U.S., it is extremely important to become educated on the signs and symptoms of stroke.

Stroke symptoms include the sudden onset of weakness in your arms or legs, blurry vision, dizziness, staggering gate/difficulty balancing and speech difficulty.

It is also important to be aware of risk factors associated with stroke and assess and discuss your risks with a healthcare professional.

Risk factors of stroke include hypertension, smoking, high cholesterol, advancing age and diabetes.

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.

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.

Spokesperson Background:
Sharon Biby is a nurse practitioner and director of Cone Health Stroke Center.

She received her Bachelor of Science in nursing and Masters of Science in nursing and gerontological nurse practitioner from University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

She earned a postgraduate certificate as an adult nurse practitioner from UNCG in 2000, and a postgraduate certificate as an acute neurovascular advanced practitioner from Arizona State University and University of Alabama-Birmingham in 2011.