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Recognize stroke - FAST

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

Patient story

Treating the stroke: Jay Monogue's story

An alert had been sent to the stroke team at United in advance of their arrival, so staff was ready. After an assessment by an Emergency Department physician in consultation with a stroke neurologist, Jay went to the imaging suite and underwent a CT scan.

Stroke Center

A program of:


The Stroke Center at United Hospital provides an integrated and comprehensive approach to stroke care from diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation while offering evidence-based, best-of-practice acute care and rehabilitation.

Center components include:

Emergency care

  • Neurologist and neurosurgery coverage 24 hours per day
  • Immediate assessment, intervention and management of acute stroke within the Emergency Department
  • State-of-the-art neurointerventional techniques with the ability to administer intravenous and intra-arterial t-PA, intra-and extra-cranial cerebral artery angioplasty and mechanical clot retrieval

Inpatient care

  • Designated inpatient unit for stroke care with telemetry monitoring capabilities
  • Written protocols with evidence-based guidelines, directed by neurology and neurosurgeons and critical care
  • Inpatient nursing staff with special training in stroke care
  • Multidisciplinary discharge planning

Inpatient rehabilitation

Peer visitor program

  • Outpatient care follow-up with interdisciplinary teams
  • Monthly stroke survivor and family support group

Patient outcomes and education

Primary Stroke Certification

Primary Stroke Center

The Stroke Center at United Hospital is certified by The Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center.