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Buffalo Hospital is designated an acute stroke ready hospital by the State, which means that medical staff is prepared to stabilize stroke patients and administer life-saving medications. Patients have 24-hours access to stroke care experts at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

Stroke care

Did you know signs and symptoms of stroke may last a short time and disappear? A stroke is a medical emergency, so don't delay in getting help.

Buffalo Hospital is deemed stroke ready by John Nasseff Neuroscience Institute. This includes offering immediate stroke intervention and management using clot busting (thrombolytics) medications.

Use the BE FAST test to recognize and respond to the signs of stroke

Balance – Sudden difficulty with balance

Eyes – Sudden problems with vision in one or both eyes

Face – Face or smile droops on one side

Arms- Sudden weakness in arm or leg

Speech – Unable to repeat a simple sentence, or slurred words

Time – If you observe any of these symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately

Fast action can save brain function when having a stroke. There are a number of effective treatments for stroke, but they are most effective only in the first few hours after stroke symptoms start. Other symptoms you should know:

  • Confusion: Sudden confusion, difficulty understanding language, difficulty thinking
  • Headache: Sudden severe headache, the worst headache of your life

Learn more at allinahealth.org/stroke.