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Know the Signs

It is important to know the signs and symptoms of stroke, not just for yourself but for the others around you. By learning to watch for these signs, you could save someone' life, even someone you don't know.

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

ARMS: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drop downward?

SPEECH: Ask the person to repeat a single phrase. Is his or her speech slurred or strange?

TIME: If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.

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What is stroke?

A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot (ischemic stroke) or bursts (hemorrhagic stroke). Without the oxygen carried by the blood, brain cells begin to die immediately. Stroke is the fifth-leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of adult disability. More than 750,000 people experience a stroke each year.

What is TIA?

Prior to a major stroke, people sometimes experience a transient ischemic attack (TIA) in which a clot obstructs an artery for a short time and creates stroke-like symptoms. Since these "temporary" or "mini-strokes" last only minutes or hours, people often ignore them. Prompt medical treatment after a TIA can often prevent a fatal or disabling stroke.

What are the risk factors?

Men have a slightly higher risk of stroke, but women have a greater chance of dying from one. Also, mini-strokes, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes and smoking greatly increase your risk.


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Stroke Support Group

This support group is open to all survivors, meetings are intended to:

  • Discuss topics of interest
  • Offer education and advice
  • Provide encouragement and emotional support
  • Allow networking opportunities
  • Organize community based stroke awareness events

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Neuroscience Awards and Accreditations


The Missouri Stroke Program has been certified as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission.       

In 2015, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services designated the Missouri Stroke Program as one of the state’s first Level I Missouri State Time Critical Diagnosis Centers, the highest recognition a hospital can receive for its stroke program.

The Missouri Stroke Program has received the Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award from Get With The Guidelines®, a hospital-based quality improvement program developed by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association.

The Missouri Stroke Program has also been named to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll.


The Missouri Epilepsy Program is recognized by the National Association of Epilepsy Center as a Level 4 epilepsy center.