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How to spot a stroke B.E. F.A.S.T.

A stroke, also called a brain attack, occurs when a blood clot blocks the blood supply to the brain or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts.

About 137,000 Americans die of stroke every year. Stroke is a serious medical emergency. It is a leading cause of death in the United States. Stroke also causes significant disability, such as paralysis, speech difficulties and emotional problems. In fact, stroke is the leading cause of significant disability nationwide.

The chance you will survive and recover from a stroke is higher if you get emergency treatment right away. To spot signs and symptoms of a stroke, remember B.E. F.A.S.T.

B = balance loss
E = eye blindness
F = face drooping
A = arm weakness
S = speech difficulty
T = time to call 911

Mercyhealth is home to five certified stroke centers.

Comprehensive Stroke Center:

Javon Bea Hospital–Riverside
8201 E. Riverside Blvd.
Rockford, IL 61114

Primary Stroke Centers:

Mercyhealth Hospital and Trauma Center–Janesville
1000 Mineral Point Ave.
Janesville, WI 53548

Javon Bea Hospital–Rockton
2400 N. Rockton Ave.
Rockford, IL 61103

Acute Stroke Ready Hospitals:

Mercyhealth Hospital and Medical Center–Harvard
901 Grant St.
Harvard, IL 60033

Mercyhealth Hospital and Medical Center–Walworth
N2950 State Rd.
67 Lake Geneva, WI 53147

If you notice a loved one having any signs or symptoms of a stroke, call 911 immediately and ask the ambulance to take them to the nearest Mercyhealth certified stroke center.

To learn more about our certified stroke centers, please visit Stroke Care Mercyhealth.