Emergency Treatment for Stroke
Stroke is an emergency–call 911!
Time is of the essence in diagnosing and treating stroke, and the highly experienced teams at Mercy Health System are ready around the clock to provide quality care.
Know the symptoms of stroke
A stroke happens when blood has suddenly stopped flowing to the brain. If you suspect a stroke, just remember the word “FAST” and check for these symptoms immediately:
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 their speech slurred or strange?
T – Time. If the answer to any of these questions is “yes,” call 911 immediately.
Mercy offers certified primary stroke care
All four of Mercy Health System acute-care hospitals provide first-line stroke treatment and have been designated as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission:
Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital
Mercy Philadelphia Hospital
Support groups help heal your mind—not just your brain
Mercy Health System offers regular stroke support groups for stroke patients and their families.
Visit our Classes and Events page for the dates/times of upcoming support groups.