Primary Stroke Center

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Stroke is a medical emergency that occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. When that happens, part of the brain can't get the oxygen and nutrients it needs to function, and the brain cells in that area start to die. The quicker you receive medical treatment for stroke, the better your chances for a positive outcome.

As a certified Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, Edinburg Regional Medical Center is ready to treat you with exceptional stroke care. Our dedicated stroke unit offers a 24-hour stroke team and trained Emergency Department personnel.

Learn more about emergency services at Edinburg Regional Medical Center.

Recognizing Stroke: Act F.A.S.T.

Stroke can result in paralysis or weakness on one side of the body, vision problems, memory loss, thinking and reasoning problems, and difficulty speaking, understanding speech and swallowing. The severity of effects depends heavily on how fast a stroke victim receives medical treatment.

Here are some tips from the American Heart Association's Stroke Association branch on quickly recognizing stroke. If you think you or someone around you may be experiencing stroke, don't wait, call 9-1-1.

Use the acronym FAST to quickly identify possible strokes:

F = FACE
Smile. Does one side of the face droop? Can you see the same number of teeth on each side of the face?
A = ARMS
Hold up both arms for 10 seconds. Does one drift downward?
S = SPEECH
Repeat a simple sentence. Is the speech slurred or strange? Can you understand the person?
T = TIME
If these signs are present, every second counts. Call 9-1-1 immediately.

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To find a doctor that's right for you, call the Valley Care Clinics at 855-822-2778.