TeleStroke 24-hour care

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Someone has a stroke every 40 seconds in the United States and is the leading cause of serious long-term disability in American adults.  Early diagnosis and immediate treatment are essential to positive outcomes.

Excelsior Springs Hospital (ESH) now offers TeleStroke, a 24-hour, on-call access to award-winning, leading stroke and neuroscience experts through Centerpoint Medical Center, a certified Primary Stroke Center, as designated by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.  By using the TeleStroke system, physicians can communicate via a two-way live video, audio, and image sharing system.  A neurologist can evaluate a patient in real-time to diagnose a stroke and work with our team to determine the best treatment options.  

Signs of a Stroke

During a stroke, blood stops flowing to part of the brain causing damage in areas of the brain controlling the rest of the body.

Know the Symptoms of a Stroke

  • Weakness. You may feel a sudden weakness, tingling, or a loss of feeling on one side of your face or body.
  • Vision problems. You may have sudden double vision or trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
  • Speech problems. You may have sudden trouble talking, slurred speech, or problems understanding others.
  • Headache. You may have a sudden, severe headache.
  • Movement problems. You may have sudden trouble walking, dizziness, a feeling of spinning, a loss of balance, a feeling of falling, or blackouts.


BE FAST is an easy way to remember the signs of stroke.

BE FAST stands for:

  • B is for balance. Sudden onset of loss of balance, coordination, or dizziness.
  • E is for eyes. Sudden onset of vision loss, blurred vision, or double vision.
  • F is for face drooping. One side of the face is drooping or numb.  When the person smiles, the smile is uneven.
  • A is for arm weakness. One arm is weak or numb.  When the person lifts both arms at the same time, one arm may drift downward.
  • S is for speech difficulty. You may notice slurred speech or difficulty speaking.  The person cannot repeat a simple sentence correctly when asked.
  • T is for time to dial 911.  If someone shows any of these symptoms, event if they go away, call 911 right away.  Make note of the time symptoms first appeared.