Think FAST


Stroke is the fifth-leading cause of death in the United States, and a leading cause of adult disability, yet too many people don’t know the signs or symptoms of stroke.

“Signs and symptoms of a stroke depend on what part of the brain is affected,” says Dr. Amre Nouh, director of the Comprehensive Stroke Center at Hartford Hospital.

As one of 101 hospitals in the nation that qualifies as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, Hartford HealthCare must have neurosurgeons on duty every day, all day. Some of the common symptoms our experts look for are sudden weakness, numbness, speech difficulty, visual loss or a severe headache.

It’s easy for you to remember what to look for, too. Think FAST.

FAST is an easy way to remember and identify the most common symptoms of a stroke. Time is brain — as the stroke progresses, more nervous tissue is lost -- so the longer you wait to call 911, the more damage to the brain.

FAST

Stroke under the age of 45?

Strokes for people under the age of 45 are rare, but they can happen. Would you know the signs? Watch this story about a 19 year old stroke survivor.

Comprehensive stroke care

Dr. Mark Alberts, Hartford HealthCare Neuroscience Institute, talks about the signs and symptoms of stroke, and how the Stroke Center at Hartford Hospital provides a state-of-the-art stroke team and facility to treat stroke promptly and effectively.

Other indicators of a possible stroke

  • Severe headache
  • Confusion
  • Trouble walking
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of balance
  • Lack of coordination

Transient Ischemic Attack

If symptoms disappear within minutes, you should still report symptoms to a health professional immediately. It’s possible you’ve had a transient ischemic attack, or TIA, that requires medical attention. A TIA is a sign of a serious condition, even the symptoms did not last long. Do not ignore them.


Gold Plus Certification

Gold Plus Certification

Since 2001, Hartford Hospital has provided a state-of-the-art stroke team and facility to treat stroke promptly and effectively. The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association has recognized Hartford Hospital for its continued success in using Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke and Target:StrokeSM programs. In addition, the Joint Commission has designated The Stroke Center as New England and Connecticut’s first and only Comprehensive Stroke Center.

Learn More


Videos

The following videos will help you learn how to prevent stroke, and if you do suffer a stroke, what treatments and care you can expect.

A Decade of Progress Against Brain Attacks

The Stroke Center at Hartford Hospital

Saving the Brain: Prevention & Intervention

Advancing Medicine

Stroke Prevention & Rehabilitation

Stroke Prevention & Rehabilitation

Using Anticoagulants (Blood Thinners)

Using Anticoagulants (Blood Thinners)

aking Care of Your Care

Taking Care of Your Care


Support Groups


Online Resources

Stroke Center Physicians

Name Specialties Location
Blum, Jennifer E., APRN 860.972.5047
  • Neurology
  • Hartford
Bruno, Charles Anthony, DO 860.289.3375
  • Diagnostic Radiology
  • Interventional Neuroradiology
  • Neuroradiology
  • Radiology
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  • Hartford
  • East Hartford
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Hosley, Catherine Margaret, MD 860.972.3621
  • Neurology
  • Vascular Neurology
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  • Hartford
Kureshi, Inam Urrehman, MD 860.278.0070
  • Neurosurgery
  • Spine Surgery
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  • Hartford
  • Farmington
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Narwal, Priya, MD 860.889.3841
  • Neurology
  • Norwich
Nouh, Amre Mohamed, MD 860.972.3621
  • Neurology
  • Vascular Neurology
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  • Hartford
  • Wethersfield
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Ollenschleger, Martin Daniel, MD 860.293.6053
  • Diagnostic Radiology
  • Interventional Neuroradiology
  • Neuroradiology
  • Radiology
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  • East Hartford
  • Enfield
  • Hartford
  • Hartford
  • Wethersfield
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Contact the Stroke Center

Neurovascular/Stroke Clinic

Address:
80 Seymour Street
P.O. Box 5037
Hartford, CT 06102-5037
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Phone:
860.972.3621

Dr. Inam U. Kureshi

Phone:
860.278.0070

Email:
Inam.Kureshi@hhchealth.org

Dr. Isaac E. Silverman

Phone:
860.522.4429

Email:
Isaac.Silverman@hhchealth.org