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BE FASTER when it comes to a STROKE



If you’re wondering whether someone is having a stroke, remember BE FASTER.

B     Balance (sudden loss of balance or coordination)
E     Eyes (sudden change in vision)

F     Face (sudden weakness of the face)
A     Arms (sudden weakness of arm or leg)
S     Speech (sudden difficult speaking)
T     Time (it’s time to get them to the…)
E     Emergency
R     Room at University Health Shreveport

A stroke occurs when blood flow is cut off to an area of the brain, depriving brain cells of oxygen. Without the oxygen, brain cells die. Functions that are controlled by that part of the brain, like memory or muscle control are lost.

It’s important to get treatment as soon as possible after you notice the symptoms. It can minimize long-term effects of a stroke and even prevent death. Doctors might be able to administer tPA to dissolve the clot and improve blood flow to the area of the brain impacted by the stroke.

There are a number of risk factors for a stroke. They include:

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Family History
  • High Cholesterol
  • Excess Weight
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea

University Health Shreveport was the first hospital in the region to achieve Advanced Certification as a Primary Stroke Center from The Joint Commission. University Health is now part of an elite group of healthcare organizations focused on specialized stroke care. University Health Shreveport has a team of experts better known as Stroke Team 1, who are dedicated in caring for individuals who experience a stroke. We are the only center in the region that offers the latest procedures to remove blood clots from the brain.



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