it comes to a stroke, every second is critical. Each one that ticks by without treatment increases the risk of brain damage. So when you call for help, our experts are on the way – and fast. From the EMTs to the ER docs, the stroke team at Palmetto
General Hospital has proven fast response times, so you can be sure you’ll get life-saving care before it’s too late.
"I follow the patient on a daily basis from assessment of their stroke until they are discharged. We become bonded from the very beginning and I have very open communication with the patient’s family too." - Jackie Gonzales, nurse practitioner in the neuro unit
Know the Symptoms. Act F.A.S.T.
For every minute that brain cells are deprived of oxygen during stroke, the likelihood of brain damage increases. It is critical to recognize the signs of a stroke and get to the appropriate hospital for evaluation and treatment as soon as possible.
The acronym F.A.S.T. represents four key signs of stroke identification. Here’s how it works:
Face - Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop? Arms - Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward? Speech - Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Are the words
slurred? Can the patient repeat the sentence correctly? Time - If a person is having trouble with these basic commands, call 911 immediately.
A Comprehensive Approach
Our Comprehensive Stroke Center is prepared to quickly and accurately diagnose and treat stroke patients. The hospital has some of the latest diagnostic and therapeutic advances and offers a wide range of interventional neurology options
that have the potential to stop a stroke in progress and minimize the potential damage.
We have the technology and interventional capabilities to remove clots or blockages from blood vessels in the neck or brain, which are some of the most complex stroke cases.
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