• May is National Stroke Awareness Month

    Life moves quickly. So do Strokes.
    Learn to act F.A.S.T.

    Strokes can happen to anyone at any age. When a stroke occurs, every minute counts. The faster a stroke can be diagnosed and treatment begun, the better the chance of a good recovery.

    • Know the F.A.S.T. signs of stroke.
    • Call 911 immediately if you think someone is having a stroke. Do not drive to the hospital.
    • Share this message with those you love.

    Be prepared. Take our quiz to test your knowledge.

    When stroke occurs, every minute counts. Do you know the signs, risks and what to do? Take our quiz to find out.

    1. What does F.A.S.T. stand for?




    2. What should you do if you think someone is having a stroke?




    3. What is meant by "Time is Brain"?




    4. "TIA" is short for transient ischemic attack. Which of the following is true about a TIA?




    5. What is the most common risk factor for stroke?






    Knowing the signs of stroke can help you act quickly if family or friends need medical attention. It’s important to act F.A.S.T. and learn the many stroke symptoms. Symptoms appear suddenly and include the following:

    • Weakness or numbness in the arm, leg or face. Especially if it’s only on one side of the body.
    • Confusion and trouble speaking or understanding words.
    • Loss of coordination and balance.
    • Trouble seeing out of one or both eyes.
    • Severe headache.
    • Dizziness and trouble walking.

    Strokes can happen to anyone at any time, but there are some risk factors that make them more likely. In fact, up to 80 percent of strokes are preventable. Some of the risk factors are: high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, excessive alcohol use, smoking and physical inactivity. If you have any of these risk factors, we recommend speaking with your doctor to determine your personal risk of stroke.


    Our Stroke System of Care

    Centura Health is committed to providing the best care for stroke victims and those at risk. We offer stroke care centers all around Colorado and in part of Kansas to care for those recovering from stroke, rehabilitate victims and assess patients’ individual risks for stroke. Our quick response to stroke, advanced technology, specialized staff and acute stroke rehabilitation means we can offer the best all-around care for our patients and their families.

    Comprehensive Stroke Center: Provides advanced imaging capabilities, 24/7 availability for specialized treatments and staff with unique competencies to care for complex stroke cases.

    Primary Stroke Center: Provides staffing, infrastructure and programs to stabilize and treat most acute stroke patients.

    Emergent Stroke Ready Hospital: Provides expertise to receive patients, perform imaging, transfer patients and deliver initial treatments in conjunction with a primary or comprehensive stroke center.


    Call 911 immediately if you think someone is having a stroke. Do not drive to the hospital.