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A stroke occurs when blood stops flowing to a part of the brain and the cells do not get blood and oxygen. Deprived of oxygen, cells in the affected area of the brain can’t work and die within minutes. The devastating effects of a stroke can be permanent because dead brain cells are not replaced.
STROKE IS AN EMERGENCY – DIAL 911
IMPORTANT - NOTE TIME OF SYMPTOM ONSET
For community education, please contact Jennifer Austin, RN, Mercy Stroke Coordinator at (319) 440-0312.