MAYWOOD, Ill. -- Loyola University Health System is joining organizations worldwide in observing the annual World Stroke Day on Saturday, Oct. 29.
Stroke is the second-leading cause of death in the world, behind heart disease. In the United States, someone dies of a stroke every four minutes. Each year, there are nearly 800,000 new or recurrent strokes in the United States and more than 137,000 deaths.
Loyola provides evidence-based specialized stroke care 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Loyola is certified by the Joint Commission as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center. It is staffed by four board-certified vascular neurologists and a multidisciplinary stroke team.
For the third year in a row, Loyola University Hospital has won a Get with the Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.
The following are signs and symptoms 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 trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
Sudden, severe headache with no known cause
If you experience any of these signs, call 911.