When a stroke occurs, rapid response with the proper treatment is essential. Holland Hospital is designated as a Primary Stroke Center one of a select number of hospitals across the nation that meet the rigorous standard for effective stroke treatment.

Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer and a leading cause of serious, long-term disability, according to the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Stroke Association (ASA). The ASA reports that strokes kill about 137,000 people a year, accounting for about one of every 18 deaths.

Nearly 800,000 Americans will suffer a stroke this year. As the leading cause of adult disability and the fourth leading cause of death, strokes usually strike without warning and can have devastating effects on the quality of life for survivors including speech problems, memory loss and paralysis.

Stroke Symptoms

To help you remember signs of a stroke, experts recommend that you think FAST if you or someone you are with suddenly experiences any of the following:

F     Facial weakness: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

A     Arm weakness: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

S     Speech problems: Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Are the words slurred or incorrect?

T    Time: If the person shows any of these symptoms, time is critical. Call 911 immediately.

Healthgrades Stroke Care Excellence Award
The Stroke Care Excellence Award™ recognizes hospitals for superior outcomes in the care and treatment of stroke. Patients who receive stroke treatment at these nationally recognized hospitals have a lower risk dying from their stroke.
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Sandip Kothari, MD, Medical Director of Holland Hospital's Primary Stroke Center, presents Brain Attack: The Latest in Stroke Prevention & Treatment.
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