A stroke is a brain attack that cuts off vital blood and oxygen to your brain. Emergency treatment can help stop brain damage and disability – if you know the warning signs and act FAST.
If you feel weak or tingly in your FACE, weak or numb in your ARM or your SPEECH becomes slurred, TIME is of the essence. Call 911.
The longer you wait, the worse the damage to your brain will be. tPA, an FDA-approved clot-busting medication, may help you recover more quickly, but only if you receive the treatment within the first three hours of your first symptom.
In Missouri, emergency medical services must take stroke patients to a designated stroke center for care. Cox Medical Center South is a Level 1 Stroke Center, and Cox Medical Center Branson is Level 2.