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  • The Stroke Center at The Miriam Hospital

  • Signs of a Stroke


  • "The stroke team at The Miriam Hospital saved my life after what could have been a deadly stroke. The physicians utilized cutting-edge medical procedures and seamlessly worked together to take advantage of every treatable second. Because of their expertise and care, I am on my way to a full recovery. It's truly a miracle."

    -Joseph Brissette, patient

    The Miriam Hospital's emergency department sees about ten stroke patients each week. On average, nine hours have passed between the first symptoms of stroke and the patient's arrival at the emergency department. Some people don't understand they're having symptoms, some may experience subtle symptoms, while others hope the symptoms will disappear with time. Nine hours is too long to wait. By then, treatment options have narrowed and full recovery is less likely. If people seek treatment within three hours of the first onset of symptoms, physicians have more options to fight strokes.

    Warning signs of stroke

    • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
    • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
    • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
    • Sudden dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
    • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause

    Call 911 immediately if you experience any of these warning signs.

    For more information about the Stroke Center at The Miriam Hospital please call 401-793-5533.