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Stroke. Know stroke symptoms & act fast.

Huntsville Hospital is the only Primary Stroke Center in Madison County. The most recent guidelines from American Heart Association/American Stroke Association recommend that paramedics transport a stroke patient to the closest facility most capable of treating acute stroke, even if that means bypassing other hospitals.

Huntsville Hospital’s 24/7 Stroke Team reminds you to seek medical help immediately if you or a loved one experience any warning signs of stroke.

Risk Factors
for Stroke
Some risk factors for stroke are uncontrollable, such as age or family history, but many can be changed, controlled or treated:
  • High blood pressure
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • High cholesterol
  • Poor diet
  • Physical inactivity
  • Obesity
Talk to your primary care physician about modifying your lifestyle to reduce the risk of stroke.

Know the symptoms and act F.A.S.T.

  • Face droops on one side
  • Arm drifts downward when raised
  • Speech is slurred
  • Time – Call 9-1-1 immediately.
    Approximately 1.9 million brain cells die every
    minute a stroke goes untreated.

For more information about stroke, visit strokeassociation.org.

Primary Stroke Center