Stroke: Know the Warning Signs

Courtesy Texoma Medical Center

A stroke is often referred to as a “brain attack.” Most strokes are caused by a lack of oxygen and nutrients to the brain due to a blocked or ruptured blood vessel. The cells in the affected area of the brain quickly begin to die. It is crucial to get to an emergency department as soon as possible to save brain function.

Tell Them: “Give Me 5.”

If you suspect that a loved one is experiencing a stroke, evaluate them for the following warning signs of stroke:

  1. Walk (is their balance off?)
  2. Talk (Is their speech slurred or their face droopy?)
  3. Reach (Is one side of the body weak or numb?)
  4. See (Is their vision all or partly lost?)
  5. Feel (Is their headache severe?) People often describe it as the worst headache of their life.

Stroke Care at Primary Stroke Centers

When a loved one experiences a stroke, you want the right care immediately. A Primary Stroke Center may offer better health outcomes to stroke patients. This is because in order to earn this designation, hospitals must meet stringent criteria for providing comprehensive care for trauma patients from admission through rehabilitation.

Texoma Medical Center (TMC) has been designated a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, as well as a Level II Primary Stroke Center by the Texas Department of Health. This means that TMC is committed to the highest level of care for stroke patients.

Find out more about TMC stroke services and how to join our monthly Stroke Support Group meetings: visit

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