Time is of the Essence when Treating Strokes

It's vital that everyone be able to recognize the symptoms of a stroke such as a facial droop, arm weakness, vision or speech difficulties. Dr. Ali Krisht says if a stroke patient seeks treatment immediately, there will be more treatment options. 

"Nowadays if we can get patients within a short period of time, within the first hour to three hours, from the time they have symptoms of a stroke, they can be given medications that can break down a clot. You can reverse the symptoms of a stroke and get yourself out of a potential bad outcome," said Dr. Krisht.

According to Dr. Krisht, the team is available whether it's 2:00pm or 2:00am. All they need to know is there is a patient with a major artery blockage and then the whole team is mobilized.