• Stroke Warning Signs

  • Learn the Warning Signs of Stroke

    A stroke occurs when the brain does not get the blood it needs. Strokes can cause serious brain damage, disability or even death. 
There are two main ways a stroke can happen:

    • A blood vessel in the brain becomes blocked by a blood clot. This is called an ischemic stroke.
    • A blood vessel in the brain bursts and stops the supply of blood to part of the brain. This is called a hemorrhagic stroke.

    The warning signs of a stroke include:  

    • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially when it happens on just one side of the body
    • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or trouble understanding
    • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
    • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness or loss of balance or coordination
    • Sudden severe headache with no known cause
    As a Primary Stroke Center, Avista Adventist Hospital is staffed, equipped and prepared to help stroke patients if they are seen in time. It is vital to call 9-1-1 and get treatment as soon as possible if you or someone you are with shows signs of a stroke. Every minute counts!
  • Stroke Physician Specialists

    CHPG Neuroscience and Spine

    Phone: 303-925-4060
    Fax: 303-925-4061

    To remember the signs of stroke, think FAST:

    • F = FACE. Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
    • A = ARMS. Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward? Is one arm weak or numb? 
    • S = SPEECH. Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Is speech slurred? Is the sentence repeated correctly?
    • T = TIME. If the person shows any of these symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately!

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