Citrus Memorial Health System has earned the Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Centers. This distinction is awarded only to those programs that comply with the highest national standards for safety and quality of care and demonstrate a commitment to excellence in providing primary stroke center services.

We're committed to educating the community on how to recognize the signs of stroke and to reduce risk factors for stroke.

Stroke Symptoms

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body.
  • Abrupt onset of confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
  • Sudden double vision or trouble with vision
  • Abrupt onset of dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden, severe headache

Use the F.A.S.T. method for recognizing symptoms in others:

F = FACE Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

A = ARMS Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

S = SPEECH Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Does the speech sound slurred or strange?

T = TIME If you observe any of these signs, it's time to call 9-1-1.

Risk Factors for Stroke

There are two types of risk factors for stroke; those you can't change and those you can change or modify.

The risk factors for stroke that you can't change are:

  • Age
  • Race
  • Heredity
  • Prior Stroke

The risk factors that can be changed or modified are:

  • High blood pressure
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Blockage in the carotid artery
  • Heavy alcohol use
  • Atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat)

How can I reduce my risk factors of stroke?

One of the main ways to reduce your risk of stroke is to work closely with your healthcare provider. Certain treatments and medications may be useful for patients who have already had a stroke.

You'll also need to make changes in your daily life. If you smoke, stop. Increase physical activity and limit alcohol.

If you are experiencing stroke symptoms call 9-1-1. If you cannot call 9-1-1, have someone else drive you to the nearest emergency department immediately.