Stroke Care - Stroke Symptoms

A Certified Advanced Primary Stroke Center

We have earned the prestigious Joint Commission Advanced Primary Stroke Center Certification, recognizing our dedication to foster better outcomes for stroke patients. Read more

From the moment stroke symptoms begin, Time is Brain. West Tennessee Heart and Vascular Center vascular surgeons and interventional radiologists are available to dissolve or remove blood clots in the brain. A multidisciplinary team that also includes emergency medicine physicians and neurologists is prepared to evaluate, image and treat patients quickly, and to use "clot-busting" medication when appropriate for the best recovery.

Jackson-Madison County General Hospital’s Stroke Team:

  • Emergency Medical Transport
  • Emergency Medicine Physicians
  • Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologists
  • Neuroscience & Spine Center
    • Neurologists
    • Neurosurgeons
    • Neuropsychologist
  • Neuro Intensive Care Unit
  • 34-Bed Step-Down Neurological Disease, Stroke and Surgery Unit

Stroke Symptoms & Preventative Care

Approximately 55,000 more women than men suffer a stroke each year in the U.S., often because they do not know the signs of a stroke. The American Heart Association encourages both men and women to respond quickly to sudden symptoms:

SUDDEN numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg — especially on one side of the body.
SUDDEN confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
SUDDEN trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
SUDDEN trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
SUDDEN severe headache with no known cause.

If you experience any of the above symptoms, even if they go away, call 911 immediately. Let an ambulance take you — Survive. Don't Drive.

Take a Free Online Risk Assessment

Because stroke is the number one cause of disability in the U.S., you are encouraged to go online to take a free, easy health risk assessment called STROKEaware. It only takes a few minutes. If risks are detected,you may be eligible for a free screening that includes a visit with a nurse, blood pressure check, body mass index measurement, cholesterol test, and more. At-risk individuals are referred to their doctors for immediate follow-up.

For more information, call the Stroke Program Coordinator via the Hospital Physician Referral Line: 1-800-727-8017.

West Tennessee Healthcare (WTH) does not exclude, deny benefits to, or otherwise discriminate against any person on the grounds of race, color, national origin, age, religion, disability, Limited English Proficiency or sex, including discrimination based on gender identity, sexual orientation, sex stereotyping or pregnancy in admission to, participation in, or receipt of the services and benefits under any of its programs and activities, whether carried out by WTH directly or through a contractor or any other entity with which WTH arranges to carry out its programs and activities.

For further information about this policy, contact Amy Garner (731) 541-9914.