EMMC Encourages Thinking “FAST” for Stroke

05/29/2017

(Bangor, Maine) – If you or someone you love is experiencing stroke symptoms, the best thing you can do is get emergency medical help. Eastern Maine Medical Center’s Stroke Care wants individuals to remember the acronym FAST can be a life saver. If you notice face drooping, arm weakness, and speech difficulty, call 911 immediately to ensure treatment that can reduce the long-term effects of stroke can begin right away.
 
An estimated one in six people in the US suffer a stroke during their lifetime, but many do not recognize what is happening. “Strokes are often painless, so you may not know you are having a medical emergency,” says Gillian Gordon Perue, MD, medical director, EMMC Stroke Care. “Every minute counts following a stroke, and when stroke patients arrive at EMMC, a stroke response team begins administering immediate treatment to reduce the likelihood of devastating consequences.”
 
An estimated 80 percent of strokes are preventable, and choosing a healthy lifestyle can help. “High blood pressure can damage blood vessels in the brain, increasing the chances of strokes from clots or ruptures,” explains Dr. Gordon Perue. “Spreading the word about both prevention and identifying symptoms quickly can give patients the best chance of surviving and living a healthy life.”
 
EMMC Stroke Care is certified by the Joint Commission and in 2017 was awarded the Get With the Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award for the sixth year in a row, which includes an Honor Roll Elite Plus distinction by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.
 
EMMC Stroke Care is an interdisciplinary program comprised of a caring team of neurology specialists, nurse stroke care coordinators, physicians, nurses, and physical and occupational therapists committed to delivering the highest quality stroke care. As the area’s only primary stroke center, EMMC offers leading therapies that help patients from throughout the region recover after experiencing a stroke.
 
To raise awareness of American Stroke Month, Eastern Maine Medical Center is offering education to employees and community members at the EMMC Healthcare Mall on Tuesday, May 30, from 9 to 11 am and again on Wednesay, May 31 from 11 am to 1 pm.