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Spot a Stroke FAST
Spot a Stroke FAST
The National Stroke Association's FAST guidelines can help you save the life of someone experiencing a stroke. Quick action can reduce the chance of brain damage and disability.

Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?

Time: If you observe any of these signs, call 911 immediately.

Are You at Risk for a Stroke?

Spot a Stroke FAST
The National Stroke Association has developed a Stroke Risk Scorecard to help you evaluate your risk for stroke. Many of the stroke risk factors can be minimized by pursuing a healthy lifestyle.

You are encouraged to complete the scorecard and talk to your doctor about things you can do to manage any controllable risk factors that you may have.

Stroke News: Advanced Stroke Procedure Now Here in Lancaster


A stroke caused by a large blood clot has the greatest chance to cause disability or even death. Lancaster General Hospital is the first and only hospital in Lancaster County to perform mechanical thrombectomy, an advanced procedure for physically retrieving a blood clot.

Removing a clot from the brain right away provides the best chance for a complete recovery. Having this procedure here in Lancaster eliminates the need to transport a patient to another facility out of the county for stroke treatment.

How does Mechanical Thrombectomy Work
Mechanical thrombectomy is an advanced procedure used to remove large blood clots from the brain. Specially trained doctors use a catheter inserted through an artery in the groin to send a wire-caged device called a stent retriever to the site of the blocked vessel in the brain.

See a TV news story about the procedure here.

Blogs by our physicians
Dr. Chavali
The most important stroke treatment is time
Ram Chavali, MD
Medical Director, Endovascular Stroke Intervention
Time can mean the difference between a healthy quality of life and disability or even death. Learn the signs of stroke and when to call 911.
Strokes can strike young people: risks you may not know
Murray Flaster, MD
Stroke Medical Director, LG Health
There are a number of little known causes of stroke, and stroke can affect young people. That's why, whatever your age, it's important to be aware of the signs of stroke.
Dr. Stabler
9 ways to control the risk factors that cause most strokes
Christine M. Stabler, MD
LG Health Physicians Family & Maternity Medicine
Research shows that most strokes can be traced to specific risk factors. The good news is, many of these can be controlled.