Our expert physicians and staff promote improvement in the quality
of care and services through the use of state-of-the-art technology and
cutting-edge research. Our compassionate staff assists patients and
their families with the physical and emotional impact of a stroke.
Stroke is the third leading cause of death in Texas and the fourth
leading cause of death in the United States. Recognizing stroke symptoms
early on is critical to successful outcomes. From paramedics to
neurosurgeons, UMC has trained its staff to quickly diagnose stroke and
take the actions needed to save lives.
What is a Stroke?
A stroke is the interruption of blood flow to a part of the brain. This can happen in one of two ways:
- Ischemic Stroke:
This means a blood vessel that supplies blood to the brain gets blocked
by cholesterol filled plaque, or by a blood clot that forms elsewhere in
the body, breaks free, and lodges near the brain. About ninety percent
of strokes are ischemic.
- Hemorrhagic Stroke: A
blood vessel in the brain ruptures, leaking blood either into the brain
or into the space between the brain and the skull. High blood pressure
is the leading cause of hemorrhagic stroke.
Mini-stroke or TIA
A mini-stroke, also called a transient ischemic attack (TIA), has
the same symptoms as stroke, but usually disappears within 60 minutes. A
mini stroke is often a warning sign of a major stroke about to happen.
It provides a window of opportunity for you to prevent a major stroke
that could cause lasting damage. Call 911 right away! UMC EMS personnel
are trained to recognize the symptoms of a stroke and start treatment
before a patient reaches the emergency room.
Signs and Symptoms
Know when to get help F.A.S.T! Getting help quickly can reduce stroke damage. Call 911 instantly if you suddenly have:
- Numbness or weakness of the face, arms, or legs especially on one side.
- Confusion or trouble speaking or understanding
- Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Trouble walking, dizziness or loss of balance
- Severe headache with no known cause