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Stroke Signs and Symptoms

If you notice these signs of stroke, here’s what you need to do and why you need to act quickly. When someone has a stroke, recovery can be greatly impacted by how quickly medical treatment is received. That’s why it’s important to know what the symptoms of a stroke looks like so you can better determine when someone needs help.

How can you tell if someone is having a stroke? Remember the word FAST! This acronym helps you identify the warning signs of stroke:
Facial drooping: Ask the person to smile. Is one side of the face drooping or hard to move?
Arm weakness: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift down?
Speech difficulties: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Do you notice slurred speech or trouble forming words?
Time: Time lost is brain lost. If you notice any of the above symptoms, call 911 right away.

Other symptoms of stroke include double or blurred vision, a sudden severe headache with no known cause, sudden numbness on one side of the body, trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination, and arm or leg weakness.

If something seems “off” with someone and you suspect it’s due to a stroke, call 911 immediately. The sooner a person having a stroke gets to a hospital, the better the odds of recovery. The single most important factor in the successful treatment of stroke is getting treatment as quickly as possible.

Temecula Valley Hospital is expanding stroke services. The new expansion opening this summer will include a neuro-interventional operating room. This will support TVH’s efforts to be the only hospital in the region to provide advanced multidisciplinary stroke services. This new capability will allow residents to receive advanced neuroscience care at TVH and avoid emergency air transport out of the area to a tertiary medical center. For more information, please visit:

If you suspect a stroke, always call 911! Remember, it’s important to act FAST!

About Temecula Valley Hospital – Temecula Valley Hospital brings advanced technology, innovative programs, patient centered and family sensitive care to area residents. The hospital features 140 private patient rooms; emergency care featuring ER Reserve; advanced cardiac and stroke care; orthopedics; and general and surgical specialties. TVH is nationally recognized for Patient Safety by The Leapfrog Group, with a ‘2017 Top Hospital Award’ and 4 consecutive “A” Grades for Patient Safety in Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Spring 2017 and Fall 2016. The hospital also recently received a 4 Star Medicare Hospital Compare Rating and the honor of the Inland Empire’s Top Workplaces 2017.

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