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When stroke hits, there’s not a minute to lose.

Stroke. Aneurysm. Transient ischemic attack. Neurological emergencies can come on hard and fast, often with little warning, and have the potential to leave you severely impaired.

When stroke occurs, efficient, expert treatment is necessary to prevent death or disability. You can count on the emergency department at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center to be ready when the worst happens.

Recognized for stroke care

When it comes to stroke, it’s about speed and precision. When it comes to stroke, it's about speed and precision. As an Advanced Certified Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission, we follow the latest practices in treating stroke."

Early care is essential. Act F.A.S.T.

Every minute that brain cells are deprived of oxygen, the likeliness of damage increases. Here’s how to respond using F.A.S.T., the key signs of identifying stroke.

Face.  Does one side of the face droop when you ask them to smile? 
Arms.  Does one arm drift downward if you ask the person to raise both arms? 
Speech.  Does the person slur any words when you ask them to repeat a simple sentence?
Time. Call 911 immediately if the person exhibits any of these signs.

Advanced Neuroscience Network

We’re a part of the Advanced Neuroscience Network, a broad team of hospitals and doctors in Florida who are focused on offering a full continuum of care throughout South Florida. When you come to Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, you’re getting care and insight from a team that stretches across the state.

“It happened so fast, without warning.”

When Alicia Didia started exhibiting signs of stroke, her sons recognized the symptoms and acted promptly. Within minutes, an ambulance arrived to take her to Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center.

“I was suffering from an ischemic stroke, which occurs when an artery to the brain is blocked. I was given an injection of tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), a clot-busting drug and blood thinner, and five minutes later, I was talking to him like nothing had happened,” says Didia.

“I want to thankthe stroke team at Palm Beach Gardens for their quick actions in diagnosing, treating and saving my life before it was too late.”

Read Alicia's story

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