Recognizing a Stroke

When blood flow to the brain gets cut-off, brain cells begin to die, and the clock starts ticking on a person’s chance for recovery. Symptoms reflect the impact of interrupted blood flow to the brain, and a person may lose their ability to think or speak clearly. They may experience weakness or numbness on one side of their body, or be unable to walk or stand. Patients may also have a sudden severe headache – or any combination of these symptoms!

What to Do

Call 911 and get to the closest emergency room equipped to deal with stroke – brain cells are dying and there is a limited timeframe for doctors to begin life-saving medication treatment – remember, CLOSER IS BETTER!

New York State Designated Stroke Centers

Mercy Hospital of Buffalo

565 Abbott Rd,
Buffalo, NY 14220
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Comprehensive Stroke Center
Accredited by the Joint Commission

Sisters of Charity Hospital

2157 Main St,
Buffalo, NY 14214
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Kenmore Mercy Hospital

2950 Elmwood Ave,
Buffalo, NY 14217
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Mount St. Mary’s Hospital

5300 Military Rd,
Lewiston, NY 1409
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Let’s make it easy – act F-A-S-T

  • F – Face – Ask the person to smile, does one side of their face droop?
  • A – Arms – Ask the person to raise both arms, does one drift downward?
  • S – Speech – Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase, is their speech slurred?
  • T – Time – Call 911 Immediately if you observe any of these symptoms!