Primary Stroke Center
Stroke is a medical emergency that occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. When that happens, part of the brain can't get the oxygen and nutrients it needs to function, and the brain cells in that area start to die. The quicker you receive medical treatment for stroke, the better your chances for a positive outcome.
As a certified Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, South Texas Health System Edinburg is ready to treat you with exceptional stroke care. Our dedicated stroke unit offers a 24-hour stroke team and trained Emergency Department personnel.
Learn more about emergency services at South Texas Health System Edinburg.
Recognizing Stroke: Act F.A.S.T.
Stroke can result in paralysis or weakness on one side of the body, vision problems, memory loss, thinking and reasoning problems, and difficulty speaking, understanding speech and swallowing. The severity of effects depends heavily on how fast a stroke victim receives medical treatment.
Here are some tips from the American Heart Association's Stroke Association branch on quickly recognizing stroke. If you think you or someone around you may be experiencing stroke, don't wait, call 9-1-1.
Use the acronym FAST to quickly identify possible strokes:
Find a Doctor
To find a doctor that's right for you, call the South Texas Health System Reserve and Learn line at 800-879-1033.