When minutes matter, turn to PIH Health for expert stroke care. Quick treatment from an emergency care team can increase the chance of a full recovery.
Signs of a Stroke
A stroke happens when a blood vessel in the brain is blocked or bursts. Help limit damage to the brain by knowing the signs of a stroke and acting quickly. You can recognize a stroke by thinking “BE FAST:”
- Balance – Does the person have a sudden loss of balance?
- Eyes – Has the person lost vision in one or both eyes?
- Face drooping – Does one side of the face droop, or is it numb? Ask the person to smile; is the smile uneven?
- Arm weakness – Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms; does one arm drift down?
- Speech difficulty – Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence like “The sky is blue;” can they repeat the sentence correctly and clearly?
- Time to call 9-1-1 – If someone shows any of these symptoms, call 9-1-1 right away; check the time so you know when the first symptoms appeared
What to Do During a Stroke
If you or a loved one has symptoms of a stroke, call 9-1-1 right away. Do not try to drive to the emergency room yourself. Emergency medical service (EMS) providers will be able to begin treatment right away, get you to the ER faster, and communicate with emergency room staff, so they’re ready when you arrive.
See a doctor even if the stroke symptoms go away quickly.
Exceptional Stroke Care
Feel confident you’ll receive top-quality stroke care at PIH Health Good Samaritan Hospital and PIH Health Whittier Hospital. They both hold the following recognitions:
- Comprehensive Stroke Center – They have the resources, staff and training to treat any kind of stroke.
- Get with the Guidelines®-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award – They make sure patients get the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines
Emergency Stroke Team
Your emergency stroke team at PIH Health includes:
- Neurologists (doctors who specialize in the brain, spine and nervous system)
- Radiologists (doctors who specialize in imaging technology)
- Registered nurses
- Lab technicians
Stroke Diagnosis & Evaluation
When you arrive in the emergency room, your care team will assess your condition and determine what type of stroke you are experiencing—so you receive the right treatment. Tests may include:
- Blood tests
- Electrocardiogram (EKG)
- Imaging tests
Learn more about tests to diagnose a stroke.
Your care team will provide prompt treatment for the type of stroke you’re experiencing.
- If your stroke is caused by a blood clot, you may receive medicine to dissolve the clot. This medicine is called tissue plasminogen activator (tPA). It works best when delivered within three hours of the stroke appearing.
- If your stroke is caused by a broken blood vessel, you may have a minimally invasive procedure or surgery to stop the bleeding.
After a Stroke
Learn about stroke care to help you recover and regain abilities after a stroke.