Learn the Warning Signs of Stroke

When someone is having a stroke every minute counts. Faster treatment means a better chance of recovery.  Consider this article and learn about signs of stroke.

What is a stroke?

A stroke is damage to the brain. It occurs when blood flow to a certain area of the brain has been cut off and brain cells die from lack of oxygen. Where it occurs and how much of the brain is damaged will determine the effects.

According to the National Stroke Association:

  • Each year nearly 800,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke.
  • A stroke happens every 40 seconds.
  • Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S.
  • Every 4 minutes someone dies from a stroke.
  • Up to 80 percent of strokes can be prevented.
  • Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability in the U.S.

What are the warning signs of stroke?

The acronym FAST makes it easy to remember the signs of a stroke.

Face drooping – is the face lopsided or numb? Can the person smile?

Arm weakness or numbness – can the person raise both arms?

Speech difficulty – slurred speech or difficulty speaking

Time to call 9-1-1

Other signs of stroke and symptoms can occur separately or with those mentioned above. Be on the lookout for numbness on one side of the body, confusion, trouble seeing, severe headache and dizziness, loss of balance and trouble walking.

Learn these signs and remember to act FAST.

When it Comes to your Summertime Fun, Be Safe.

Memorial Day marks the start of barbecue and pool season. The Center for Disease Control says there are about 10 unintentional drowning deaths per day in the U.S. and that one-in-five of them are children younger than 14 years of age.

We at Surepoint Emergency Center want you to have fun this Summer. Most of all, we want you to be safe. Because we want you to be safe we are providing some tips to help you and your family be safe in the water this summer.

Tips for Pool Safety

  • Learn how to swim and teach others how to swim
  • Teach children pool safety and set rules
  • Make sure children use flotation devices
  • Never leave children unattended near the water
  • If a child is missing, check the water first. It could be the difference between life and death
  • Learn how to perform CPR on children and adults
  • Make sure all drains in pools and hot tubs are covered properly
  • Install fences or alarms near the pool to keep children and pets safe

Other Injuries can occur in Pools and Hot Tubs

  • Scrapes, cuts and bruises
  • Concussions
  • Broken bones
  • Sunburn
  • Bug bites
  • Burns from water that is too hot
  • Heat exhaustion or heat stroke
We hope you have a great summer! But, if something should happen and you need emergency treatment please remember we are always here for you.


The 8 Be’s of Mental Health

mental health

We as doctors, nurses, and staff at Surepoint Emergency Center care about your physical and mental health. Our speciality is emergency medical care, but we also know the importance of mental health. Here are “8 Be’s of mental health” to help you be your best self.

Be self-aware.

Do you worry a lot? Are you unable to focus?  Do you have frequent headaches? Are you having a hard time sleeping? Being aware of what is happening in your life can help you recognize why you feel the way you do. This might help fix a problem before it becomes bigger.

Be organized.

Do you have a lot of emotional or physical clutter in your life? Sometimes decluttering your mind – and your home – can help you feel better.

Be rested.

Are you getting enough sleep at night? Each person is unique in how much sleep they need. Take time to evaluate how well you are sleeping. Sleep can go a long way to helping you feel better.

Be active.

Exercise is good for the body and mind. It can release chemicals in the brain that could help you feel happier and more relaxed. You should check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program – especially if you haven’t exercised for a long time, have chronic health problems, or any other concerns.

Be a healthy eater.

It is important to be mindful of what you eat – and when you eat it. We aren’t saying you need to cut out all junk food but you should have nutritionally balanced meals.  Also, be aware of what you eat when you are stressed, tired, or otherwise feeling “off”. What you eat can impact your mood.

Be relaxed.

Schedule leisure time for yourself and with family and friends. Discover your passions and hobbies and make sure you are doing those things.

Be prayerful.

You don’t need to be religious or have a belief in deity to pray.  Being prayerful means that you meditate and acknowledge a power greater than your own that is able to help you. Taking time to meditate or pray can help to clear the clutter in your mind.

Be a composer.

Keeping a journal or diary of your comings and goings and your thoughts and feelings can be a powerful way to clear your mind. You may be surprised at how much more you can accomplish if you take time each day to write. Keep it simple and make it work for you.

Seek help

Remember mental health is important. If you or someone you know is struggling – including having thoughts of harming themselves or others – seek medical help immediately.

When it comes your family’s physical and mental health, Be Sure.