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Strokes are the leading cause of disability in the United States, one occurring every 40 seconds. There are treatments that reverse the damage of stroke, but these medications are most effective when given as soon as possible after symptoms begin.

Symptoms of a stroke

Remember the signs of a stroke with B.E. F.A.S.T.

B

Balance problems

Is the person having trouble staying coordinated or balanced? Do they feel dizzy?

E

Eyesight issues

Does the person have blurry vision? Are they seeing double or having other eyesight problems?

F

Face drooping

Is one side of the face drooping or numb?

A

Arm weakness

Is one arm weak or numb? When both arms are raised, does one slouch or sag below the other?

S

Speech difficulty

Is speech slurred or hard to understand? Is the person confused?

T

Time to call 911

Get the person to the hospital immediately.

After a stroke

The sooner you can get care after a stroke, the better your outcome will be.

Whether you need emergency stroke care or stroke rehabilitation services, Regions Stroke Center (Minnesota’s first comprehensive stroke center) and the Methodist Stoke Center has a team of certified neurology experts to provide you with the best care and treatment options. Methodist Stroke Center in St. Louis Park is also nationally recognized as a national stroke center, offering outstanding, responsive emergency stroke treatment and rehabilitation in the western Twin Cities.

Park Nicollet’s Stroke INSPIRE program provides support and education to stroke and brain injury survivors and their families. In addition to classes and support groups, our learning center offers the latest information on strokes, brain injuries and other neurological disorders affecting children and adults.

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Therapy (CRT) team at Hudson Hospital also provides therapy services for stroke recovery. The team offers education to keep your heart functioning properly including proper diet, exercise, stress management and avoiding unhealthy habits that impact your heart. During your therapy, staff can monitor your recovery via wireless heart telemetry throughout the Rehabilitation Center.

A stroke can be a frightening experience. With HealthPartners and Park Nicollet, powerful stroke treatment and recovery options are never far away.