Garden City Hospital has an award-winning stroke program that begins at
the doors of the ER.
Stroke is not only the No. 4 cause of death in the United States, it’s
also a leading cause of severe, long-term disability. That’s why
it’s important to act immediately. Research conducted by The American
Stroke Association shows that patients who take a clot-busting drug, or
thrombolytic, within three hours of their first stroke symptom can reduce
long-term disability from ischemic stroke – the most common type,
accounting for about 87 percent of all cases.
• Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially
on one side of the body
• Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
• Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
• Sudden severe headache with no known cause
You should never wait more than five minutes to dial 9-1-1 if you experience
even one of the signs above. Remember, you could be having a stroke even
if you’re not experiencing all of the symptoms. Remember to check
the time. The responding emergency medical technician or ER nurse at the
hospital will need to know when the first symptom occurred.