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Stroke care at John Nasseff Neuroscience Institute

  • Use the FAST test to recognize and respond to the signs of stroke.

    • 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. Does the speech sound slurred or strange?
    • Time: If you observe any of these signs (independently or together), call 9-1-1 immediately.

    Source: National Stroke Association

    FAST for stroke

    Stroke information

    More than 795,000 Americans will have a stroke - or brain attack - this year, and 133,000 cases will be fatal. Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States.

    A stroke happens when blood and oxygen flow to the brain is stopped or interrupted due to a ruptured or blocked blood vessel. This can cause damage to the brain.

    Through prevention, education and treatment, Allina Health is working to lower these numbers and improve a patient's chances of recovering from a stroke with fewer complications.

  • Certified Comprehensive Stroke Centers

    DNV-GL certified comprehensive stroke seal

    Abbott Northwestern and United Hospitals have been awarded certification as Comprehensive Stroke Centers by DNV GL Healthcare. Certification as a Comprehensive Stoke Center is recognition that we are able to offer the highest level of treatment and care available for stroke patients, including advanced neuro-interventional radiology, neurosurgery, and neuro-critical care services.

    Sandra Hanson, MD, Stroke Program medical director for Allina Health, explains more about stroke in these short videos.

  • What is a stroke?

    Symptoms and signs

    Risk factors and prevention

    Emergency room treatment of a stroke

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