Stroke Intervention: Every Second Counts

The Stroke Center at WVU Medicine has an emergency response team available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to evaluate and treat a stroke in time to minimize damage. WVU Hospitals is a certified Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission in recognition of excellence in patient care.

Know the symptoms of stroke. Do not delay in seeking emergency care.

Act F.A.S.T. imageAct FAST at these common signs of a stroke:

The amount time that elapses between a person having a stroke to the time they reach the hospital is crucial. Learning to recognize the warning signs can increase the chance of a better outcome for the patient.

Using the F.A.S.T. test can help:

  • Face Drooping – Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person’s smile uneven?
  • Arm Weakness – Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  • Speech Difficulty – Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like “The sky is blue.” Is the sentence repeated correctly?
  • Time to call 9-1-1 – If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get the person to the hospital immediately. Check the time so you’ll know when the first symptoms appeared.

When a stroke occurs or is suspected, call 911.

The 911 operator will contact an emergency medical service to dispatch an ambulance. When the emergency response team examines the stroke victim, they will contact WVU Hospitals with vital patient information.