At the Petznick Stroke Center at Barrow Neurological Institute, we are committed to providing excellent care, informing the community about prevention through control of risk factors, and finding new ways of treating and preventing stroke through research.
Barrow Neurological Institute at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center has one of the most experienced and expert stroke programs in the country, caring for more stroke victims than any other center in the southwestern United States.
Barrow is the major stroke research center in the Southwest. Our team conducts more clinical stroke treatment and prevention research trials than any other institution in the region.
Learn More About the Petznick Stroke Center
- Transfer a Stroke Patient: To request immediate transfer of a stroke patient, call 1-844-BNI-XFER (844-264-9337)
- Non-Urgent Stroke Information Line: For non-urgent stroke questions and inquiries, call (602) 406-7777
- Acute Stroke Referrals or Questions: Please call (602) 406-7777
- If you think you may be having a stroke, dial 9-1-1
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When discussing stroke symptoms, we often say “time is brain.” Every hour that a stroke is left untreated results in the loss of 120 million nerve cells and accelerates aging of the brain by 3.6 years. Recognizing the symptoms of stroke and seeking immediate medical attention can not only save lives but also prevent lasting neurological deficits for stroke victims.
Call 911 immediately if you or someone else suddenly experiences any of the following symptoms:
- Numbness, weakness, or paralysis of the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body
- Difficulty speaking or understanding speech or overall confusion
- Difficulty seeing out of one or both eyes, such as blurred, double, or lost vision
- Difficulty walking, loss of balance, or loss of coordination
- Severe headache with no known cause, which may be accompanied by vomiting, dizziness, or an altered state of consciousness
Think F.A.S.T. for Stroke Symptoms
In other words, think F.A.S.T.
Facial drooping – Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
Arm weakness – Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
Speech difficulty – Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase, such as “the sky is blue.” Is their speech slurred or strange?
Time – Call 9-1-1 immediately if you observe any of these signs, even if they go away. Note the time they began.
TIA and Stroke Symptoms
Sometimes stroke symptoms disappear within minutes. This may be a transient ischemic attack (TIA), which is also known as a “mini stroke.” Symptoms of a TIA resemble the symptoms of a full-blown stroke but only last a few minutes because they are caused by a temporary blockage in the blood supply to brain.
Although a TIA normally does not result in permanent disability, it may be a warning sign of a future stroke and an indication of a partially blocked or narrowed artery or a clot source in the heart. Even if stroke symptoms begin to disappear quickly, call 9-1-1.