Stroke / Neurosciences

JPS Health Network is a Joint Commission certified Primary Stroke Center. Since 2007, our multidisciplinary team has been dedicated to meet or exceed National standards for stroke patient care. We are committed to providing the best care for every person we treat with stroke, neurological disease, or brain injury anytime of the day or night.

Every 45 seconds, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke which is the fifth leading cause of death and the number one cause of serious, long-term disability. JPS Health Network is improving efforts to educate the Tarrant County community about the warning signs of stroke and provide unique care to better outcomes in stroke patients.


Do you know the signs of stroke?

There is very little time to slow the progress of a stroke when it is happening. If you think someone might be having a stroke; remember to

BE FAST:

  • B- Balance - Is the person leaning or falling to one side?
  • E- Eyes - Does the person have problems with their eye sight?
  • F- Face - Is the person's face uneven?
  • A- Arm - Is one arm weak or drift down?
  • S- Speech - Is the person's speech different?
  • T- Time - Time to call 911

If you or someone you know experiences any of the above symptoms, call 9-1-1 to get to a hospital immediately.


Stroke Risk Factors

  • High blood pressure – is the single most important risk factor for stroke. Know your blood pressure and have it checked at least every two years. If it is 140/90 or above, it is too high.
  • Tobacco use – If you smoke, quit. Smoking and tobacco can cause a stroke.
  • Diabetes mellitus – Having diabetes increases your risk for stroke.
  • High cholesterol – Increases the risk by clogging the arteries. If an artery leading to the brain is blocked, a stroke may result.
  • Physical inactivity and obesity – Being inactive, obese or both can increase your risk of heart disease and stroke.
  • Drug use/abuse - Even trying a drug one time, can cause a stroke or heart attack.
  • Alcohol use/abuse - Drinking too much one time can cause a stroke or heart attack.

Control your risks for stroke and heart disease by eating a healthy diet; moderate exercise 4-5 times a week; take your medications as prescribed; and see your doctor regularly.

 
If you or someone you know experiences any of the above symptoms, call 9-1-1 to get to a hospital immediately.