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  • The Newport Hospital Primary Stroke Center

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    Doctors and nurses in the Stroke Center at Rhode Island Hospital answer common questions about stroke.

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    Newport Hospital is certified by the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center, which means that the hospital meets rigorous national standards in caring for stroke patients.

    A stroke is an interruption of the blood supply to a part of the brain. About 800,000 strokes occur each year, and most of them are caused by a blocked blood vessel; others are caused when a vessel bursts. In both types of stroke, fast diagnosis and treatment are essential to restore blood and oxygen to the brain cells and limit stroke damage to the brain.

    Act FAST to recognize a stroke:

    Face - Ask the person to smile, and notice if one side of the face droops.

    Arms - Ask the person to raise both arms, and notice if one arm drifts downward.

    Speech - Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, and notice if speech is slurred.

    Time - Time is crucial! Call 911 immediately if you or another person have any of these symptoms.

    A doctor must treat stroke as quickly as possible to limit damage to the brain. Do not ignore symptoms, even if they are temporary.

    Newport Hospital Stroke Support Group

    A support group for stroke patients and their families meets on the second Wednesday of each month at Newport Hospital.

    Contact Us

    Please contact us for more information about our strokes services or support group at 401-845-1244 or email KBergeron@lifespan.org.