Stroke Warning Signs

Early detection of stroke can save you or someone you love from death or serious disability.

When it comes to stroke every second counts – act F.A.S.T. to save as much of the brain as possible.

Is it a stroke? Look for these common signs:

Act F.A.S.T. (Guidelines from the National Stroke Association)

Face – Ask them to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
Arm – Ask them to raise both arms. Does one arm drift down?
Speech – Ask them to repeat a phrase. Are the words slurred? Can he/she repeat the sentence correctly?
Time – Every second, brain cells die. Call 911 at the first sign of stroke.

Sometimes symptoms can go away only to return later, and often there is no pain associated with stroke symptoms.

While many of these symptoms can occur for other reasons, stroke is characterized by the suddenness of their appearance. Other stroke symptoms include: loss of balance/coordination, vision problems in one or both eyes, acute headache without a known cause, fever, vomiting or nausea, brief fainting spells or loss of consciousness. Not all of these signs occur in every stroke.

Don’t ignore stroke symptoms or wait for them to subside because minutes can be the difference between full recovery and permanent disability. In an emergency situation, when time can be the difference between life and death, St. John Heyman Stroke Center stands ready to serve. 

St. John stroke survivor Testimony

Two strokes in a row landed Billy Parker at the St. John Heyman Stroke Center. Luckily, the country music aficionado and radio host had recognized the symptoms and sought immediate treatment. Under the care of eastern Oklahoma’s top stroke team, Billy recovered well, and today he is back in the studio encouraging others to learn the warning signs of stroke.

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Local groups that provide social support and health education for stroke survivors and their caregivers

Stroke Support Group

Sponsored by St. John Medical Center
Meets the fourth Thursday of every month from 4-5:00 p.m.
Center for Individuals with Challenges
815 S. Utica Avenue | Tulsa, OK 74104
Contact Heather at 918-744-3093 or heather.lorenz@ascension.org for more information.
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Aphasia Support Group

Sponsored by St. John Outpatient Rehabilitation
Meets the third Thursday of every month from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Mary K. Chapman Health Plaza
1819 E. 19th St., Classroom A | Tulsa, OK 74104
Contact Karen at 918-744-3524 or karen.copeland@ascension.org for more information.
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Tulsa Brain Aneurysm and AVM Support Group

Sponsored by St. John Neuroscience Institute
Meets the third Tuesday of every month from 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Mary K. Chapman Health Plaza
1819 E. 19th St., Robinson Room | Tulsa, OK 74104
Contact Priscilla Rosenfeld at 918-748-1327 or priscilla.rosenfeld@ascension.org for more information.
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