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Do You Know the Signs

Stroke awareness


If you or a loved one experienced a stroke—the third leading cause of death and the leading cause of disability in the United States—could you identify the warning signs?

A stroke occurs when the brain is deprived of oxygen. This can occur due to a blood vessel blockage (ischemic stroke) or bleeding in the brain when a blood vessel bursts (hemorrhagic stroke).

Symptoms of stroke occur suddenly and can include:

  • confusion
  • difficulty speaking or understanding speech
  • dizziness
  • loss of balance or coordination
  • severe headache without cause
  • sudden numbness or weakness on one or both sides of the face,
  • arms or legs
  • vision problems

Seek Help
Dial 9-1-1 immediately if someone is exhibiting stroke symptoms, as time is vital for effective treatment. The more time that passes between the onset of symptoms and the beginning of treatment, the more brain tissue that can be lost. This can lead to more extensive recoveries. 

Allegheny General Hospital is certified by The Joint Commision as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, following guidelines and recommendations established by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association to provide the most advanced and effective treatments for stroke care. 

For a referral to a physician who can evaluate your risk of stroke, please call 412.DOCTORS (412.362.8677).

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