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Stroke

One in four of us will have a stroke in our lifetime. A stroke can happen to anyone, at any time, anywhere. This year, 14.5 million people will have a stroke and 5.5 million will die as a result. Worldwide, there are 80 million stroke survivors, many of whom face significant challenges that include physical disability, trouble communicating, changes in how they think and feel, loss of work/income, and loss of social networks.

Today, stroke is the leading cause of disability and the second leading cause of death worldwide. Yet, most strokes can be prevented. It’s important to know the signs and symptoms of stroke and how to reduce your risk.

Signs and Symptoms

BE FAST: Balance. Eyes. Face. Arms. Speech. Time.

Sudden trouble with balance, vision problems, drooping face (especially on one side), inability to lift or move an arm, slurred speech or inability to understand speech are all signs of stroke. When they occur, TIME is of the essence. Call 9-1-1 and tell them it’s a stroke. Get to the nearest emergency room as soon as possible.

Free Health Risk Assessment

King's Daughters StrokeAware Risk Assessment can help gauge risk for stroke and suggests things individuals can do to reduce that risk. Best of all, the risk assessment is free, private, confidential and without obligation. Click here to learn more about your risk for stroke.

National Recognition in Stroke Care

For more than 10 years, King’s Daughters has received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus QualityAchievement Award. The award recognizes King’s Daughters commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines utilizing the latest scientific evidence.

AHA developed the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke program to ensure healthcare providers have access to up-to-date, research-based protocol in the treatment of stroke. King’s Daughters earned the Gold Plus award by meeting or exceeding established quality measures, including providing patients with education to help them manage their health and rehabilitation once at home.

King’s Daughters also received the Association’s Target: Stroke Elite Plus award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet specific goals related to initiation of stroke treatment, including administration of tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.