The Stroke Center at Saint Barnabas Medical Center

When a stroke occurs, every minute matters.

Each year, more than 795,000 people in the United States suffer a stroke, making it the third leading cause of death and the primary cause of adult disability.

Prompt treatment makes a big difference in outcome. The ability to provide care is based on the time a person first exhibits the symptoms of a stroke. The earlier a person is evaluated and treated by a stroke team, the greater the chance of lessening or reversing the effects of stroke. Knowing the signs and symptoms of a stroke can make the difference for you or a loved one.

As a state-designated Comprehensive Stroke Center and Joint Commission-certified advanced primary stroke center, The Stroke Center at Saint Barnabas Medical Center provides the highest level of care for stroke patients and their families.

Under the leadership of Danielle Haskins, a board certified neurologist, The Stroke Center at Saint Barnabas Medical Center has a team of medical and surgical professionals, available around the clock, who specialize in the rapid and efficient diagnosis and treatment of stroke.

The Center provides the highest level of care for stroke patients and their families including:

  • An Acute Stroke Response Team, available 24/7, to provide the rapid evaluation and initiation of treatment for stroke by using the most advanced approaches and technologies.
  • A Neurovascular Intervention Program with endovascular neurosurgeons on staff.
  • 24-hour adult and pediatric neurosurgery coverage.
  • A dedicated Stroke Unit with general and step-down levels of care.
  • A post-discharge follow-up program where patients are examined, education provided and plan of future stroke prevention is created.
  • Services, education and outreach for stroke awareness to staff, patients, families, and the community.

Recognize the Signs of a Stroke

Healthcare providers recommend using the B.E. F.A.S.T. system to recognize the symptoms of a stroke either during or immediately after it occurs. B.E. F.A.S.T. is an acronym to help you remember the signs.

BE FAST – know the symptoms of stroke

  • Balance - Have you lost your balance, felt a sudden headache or felt dizzy?
  • Eyes - Is your vision blurry?
  • Face - Are you feeling numbness, or seeing drooping, on one side of your face?
  • Arm - Do you have feeling in both arms? Can you raise them both up without one drifting down?
  • Speech - Are you slurring your speech? Can you form coherent sentences?
  • Time - If any of the above symptoms are occurring, call 911 immediately.

Danielle Haskins, MD, Medical Director, Comprehensive Stroke Center discussing the signs and symptoms of stroke and when to get help When to Get Help If You Suspect That You or Someone You Are With May Be Having a Stroke

Danielle Haskins, MD, Medical Director, Comprehensive Stroke Center discusses the signs and symptoms of stroke and when to get help on WMTR Radio.

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Stroke is a medical emergency. If you think you or a person with you is having a stroke, immediately call 911 for an ambulance to transport you to the hospital.

Do not wait to see if symptoms go away.