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Stroke Services

The Abdul Kadir, MD Stroke Center of Excellence

Medical Center Hospital has a dedicated stroke unit staffed by nurses specifically trained in the care of stroke patients. Strokes are healthcare emergencies and are sometimes called “brain attacks.” This type of cardiovascular disease affects the arteries leading to and within the brain and occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen to the brain is either blocked or bursts. When this happens, the affected part of the brain can no longer receive the blood and oxygen it needs to function and begins to die. Because the brain controls so many of the body’s vital functions, any amount of damage can be extremely serious or life-threatening.

How Can I Recognize a Stroke?

If you notice any of the following warning signs or symptoms of stroke, call 911 right away. Do not wait or attempt to drive yourself to the hospital. Do not call your doctor, family, or friend – call 911 immediately for emergency transportation to the hospital. Remember the time of symptom onset. This is important information needed to determine the proper treatment.

When these symptoms are present, it is a serious medical emergency, and every second counts:

  • 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 walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause

To learn more about MCH Stroke Services, call (432) 640-1122.

You can learn how to recognize if someone is having a stroke by thinking B.E.F.A.S.T:

  • BALANCE: Watch for dizziness or sudden loss of balance
  • EYES: Check for vision loss or double vision
  • FACE: Ask them to smile. Look for facial droop or an uneven smile.
  • ARM: Ask them to hold up both arms. Look for weakness or drifting of one arm. Leg weakness may be present.
  • SPEECH: Ask them to speak or repeat a phrase. Listen for slurred speech or difficulty speaking.
  • TIME: Time saves brain tissue! Call 911 if any of these symptoms are present.

To learn more about our Retreat and Refresh Stroke Camp, please call (866) 688-5450 or visit

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