A stroke can happen to anyone, at anytime and anywhere. One in four people will have a stroke during their lifetime. The World Stroke Day campaign brings awareness to stroke symptoms and provides prevention tips.
The annual World Stroke Day is Tuesday, Oct. 29. It is time to get motivated about your health for you and your family.

Ways to prevent a stroke are:

  • Exercising five times per week

  • Controlling high blood pressure

  • Maintaining a healthy weight

  • Stop smoking

  • Managing diabetes

  • Managing stress and depression

  • Reducing your cholesterol

  • Identifying and treating atrial fibrillation

Acting FAST is the key for early stroke treatment. FAST stands for:

F – Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
A – Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S – Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is the speech slurred or strange?
T – Time: If you see any of these signs call 911 right away.
HSHS Good Shepherd emergency department has a telehealth stroke robot which allows a neurosurgeon from HSHS St. John’s Hospital to see the patient and their symptoms in real time to help with diagnosis of a stroke.

The HSHS system works together to reverse the signs of a stroke as quickly as possible as time is of importance during a stroke.
If you or a loved one are experiencing symptoms of a stroke, please dial 911 or bring them immediately to HSHS Good Shepherd emergency department.

Source: www.worldstrokecampaign.org/world-stroke-day-campaign
About HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital
Since its inception in 1916, HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital in Shelbyville (GSS) has been dedicated to excellence in healthcare for those living and visiting their communities. GSS has accomplished this by providing comprehensive health services and meeting the needs of patients served through their compassionate care, business integrity and community responsibility. GSS provides a 24/7 emergency department that is fully staffed by physicians and highly-trained nurses, and also features inpatient and outpatient services, including a 24-hour laboratory and an imaging department that meets today’s highest standards for diagnostic imaging technology. GSS has an advanced surgery department and an acute inpatient care unit. Dedicated to being a hometown hospital, GSS’ home health and rehabilitation departments are committed to excellence with a team of professional nurses and therapists providing a variety of medical services and rehabilitative therapies, all designed to help patients heal in their own environment. The group of visiting specialists in the outpatient clinic works closely with GSS to help keep the healthcare services local even if a specialized procedure or exam is required. GSS strives to be the first choice for the community’s healthcare needs. For more information about HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital, visit www.hshsgoodshepherd.org.   

About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high-quality Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our 15 local systems and physician practices in Illinois (Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, O’Fallon, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan and two in Green Bay).  HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org. For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit www.hospitalsisters.org

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HSHS Illinois
Office: 217-464-5610

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