Doctor urges stroke awareness on World Stroke Day

Doctor urges stroke awareness on World Stroke Day

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Wednesday is World Stroke Day and experts are urging people to learn the signs of stroke and take them seriously.

Dr. Joseph Hogan, a stroke champion who runs a specialized team at Memorial, said being a number one stroke center, they treat thousands of patients. Stroke can affect anybody from babies to seniors.

Hogan said prompt treatment can have a huge impact on the outcome of a stroke case.

“You have to get here very quickly,” Hogan said. “It is recommended by the American Heart Association to activate 911 system, so there is no delay in car because we have time sensitive therapy and you have to get here within a four.”

The stroke treatment team at Memorial also uses a camera computer system to treat stroke patients at other hospitals. Hogan urges people to learn the warning signs of stroke F.A.S.T., which stands for face dropping, arm weakness, slurred speech, time to call 911.

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