Tenet Healthcare Florida hospitals brought awareness of stroke prevention during National Stroke Awareness Month last month.
Tenet has 10 stroke centers in South Florida including Delray Medical Center and West Boca Medical Center.
The theme used to educate is “Time is Brain,” which explains the importance of time in the treatment of a stroke.
“Each minute left untreated, a stroke patient loses 1.9 million neurons,” Marsha Powers, CEO of Tenet’s Florida Region said in a statement. “That’s why we have dedicated multidisciplinary teams in place to act fast to ensure patients receive potentially lifesaving treatments as quickly as possible.”
A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts, according to Tenent. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood it needs to survive. Tenet officials said patient outcomes improve when action is taken early to restore blood flow to the brain.
Use the American Stroke Association’s FAST test to remember warning signs that assess three specific symptoms of a stroke:
• Facial weakness – can the person smile? Has their mouth or eye drooped?
• Arm weakness – can the person raise both arms?
• Speech problems – can the person speak clearly and understand what you say?
• Time – if you observe any of these signs, call 911