Effective treatment of stroke requires immediate medical attention, which is why Centura Health offers a wide network of stroke centers throughout Colorado and western Kansas.
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!
Be prepared. Take our quiz to test your knowledge.
When stroke occurs, every minute counts. Do you know the signs, risks and what to do? Take our quiz to find out.
1. What does F.A.S.T. stand for?
2. What should you do if you think someone is having a stroke?
3. What is meant by "Time is Brain"?
4. "TIA" is short for transient ischemic attack. Which of the following is true about a TIA?
5. What is the most common risk factor for stroke?
Our Stroke Centers
Effective treatment of stroke requires immediate medical attention, which is why we offer a wide network of stroke centers throughout Colorado and western Kansas. These centers are accredited by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and The Joint Commission, meeting strict standards to qualify as a Comprehensive or Primary Stroke Center:
- Comprehensive Stroke Center: These centers have advanced imaging capabilities, 24/7 availability to specialized treatments and staff with the unique education and competencies to care for complex stroke cases.
- Primary Stroke Centers: These centers have staffing, infrastructure and programs to stabilize and treat most acute stroke cases with regularly demonstrated, high-quality care and outcomes.
We also provide a wide network of emergent stroke-ready hospitals, which provide the expertise to receive you, perform imaging, transfer you and deliver initial treatments in conjunction with a primary or comprehensive stroke center.
At Centura Health, our advanced technology paired with our multidisciplinary staff of neurologists, neurosurgeons, emergency room nurses and others means you’ll receive faster, evidence-based care that’s been shown to improve outcomes.
Most types of stroke fall under two categories, those caused by reduced blood flow (ischemic) and those caused by internal bleeding in or near the brain (hemorrhagic). An ischemic stroke is caused by a blood clot that blocks a blood vessel, or narrowed blood vessels or arteries due to plaque buildup. A hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel in part of the brain becomes weak and bursts open. Treatments can include minimally invasive neurointerventional methods, such as clot-thinning medications, catheterization to remove blockages and stenting to widen narrowed blood vessels.
While you’re staying with us and after you return home, you’ll have access to Centura Health stroke rehabilitation services to help you recover.