HealthAlliance Hospital is designated a Primary Stroke Service Center by the
Massachusetts Department of Public Health, based on the hospital's ability to
rapidly diagnose and treat stroke patients around the clock.
Using an advanced telemedicine videoconferencing system, HealthAlliance
Hospital physicians are in direct contact with the highly experienced stroke
neurologists at the Medical Center enabling them to quickly make a diagnosis and
initiate care for stroke victims arriving at HealthAlliance Hospital.
Studies show that this very timely intervention greatly increases the chance
to recover fully from a stroke.
If a stroke patient requires the highly specialized services of a major
academic medical center, UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester is just
minutes away via Life Flight air
UMass Memorial has prepared a Stroke Awareness booklet to provide additional
information about strokes. In addition to stroke prevention information, the
booklet includes information on the two types of stroke, the latest treatments
for stroke, and rehabilitation for a healthy life after a stroke.
Download our Stroke
Awareness booklet (PDF format).
|Common Signs and Symptoms of
Act FAST if you think someone is having a stroke:
Face - Ask the person to smile. Does one side of his/her
Arm - Can the person raise his/her arms above
Speech - Is the person's speech slurred or
Time - If you suspect the person is experiencing
a stroke, call 911.
A physician may identify certain signs that indicate if a person is at risk
for stroke. Or, a person may experience one or more of the following symptoms to
warn of stroke:
- Sudden weakness, numbness or paralysis of the face, arm or leg (especially
on one side of the body)
- Loss of speech or trouble talking or understanding language
- Sudden loss of vision, particularly in only one eye
- Sudden, severe headache with no apparent cause
- Unexplained dizziness, loss of balance or coordination (especially if
associated with any of the above symptoms)
Transient Ischemic Attacks
About one-third of
all strokes are preceded by one or more "mini strokes" known as transient
ischemic attacks (TIAs). TIAs can occur days, weeks or even months before a
TIAs are caused by temporary interruptions in the blood supply to the brain.
The symptoms occur rapidly and last a relatively short time, usually from a few
minutes to several hours. For instance, if a person experiences a sudden loss of
vision, or weakness in an arm or leg that disappears, he/she might be having a
Because TIAs are temporary and the body soon returns to normal, it is easy to
ignore them or to believe that the problem has disappeared. TIAs are often early
warning signs of a more serious and debilitating stroke in the future.