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About 795,000 Americans will suffer a stroke this year, yet most people in the U.S. cannot identify stroke warning signs or risk factors. Many strokes – some studies indicate that up to 80 percent – can be prevented through risk factor management.

Facts about Strokes

Every 40 Seconds

UCC Wait TimesAccording to the American Stroke Association, every 40 seconds someone has a stroke — and if a stroke doesn’t kill, it may cause physical or mental disability. Call 9-1-1 if you think you or someone you’re with is having a stroke.

Washington Emergency Cardiac and Stroke System LogoMany people in Washington die or are disabled from heart attack, cardiac arrest, and stroke because they do not get lifesaving treatment in time. Reducing the time it takes for people having a heart attack or a stroke to get medical care is the goal of Washington’s Emergency Cardiac and Stroke System.

At Tacoma General Hospital, specially trained teams are ready and waiting 24 hours a day to provide prompt, effective evaluation and treatment for stroke.

Think F.A.S.T.

Think F.A.S.T for the most common signs and symptoms of stroke, and call 9-1-1 immediately if you or someone you’re with has signs of a stroke:

  • Face. Ask the person to smile. Does the face look uneven?
  • Arms. Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift down or is it unable to move?
  • Speech. Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Does their speech sound strange?  Strange speech could be slurred, the wrong words may come out, or the person is unable to speak. 
  • Time to call 9-1-1.

A stroke can happen to anyone, at any time and at any age. Learn to recognize a stroke, because in a stroke emergency, time lost is brain lost. For every minute you don’t get help, more brain cells die.

To learn more about Washington’s Emergency Cardiac and Stroke System, visit
Did You Know?
  • Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S.

  • Between 1998 and 2008, the annual stroke death rate fell 34.8 percent in the United States. The actual number of stroke deaths declined 19.4 percent.

  • By 2030, it is estimated that 4 million people will have had a stroke. This is nearly 25% higher than 2010 estimates.

  • Stroke is an emergency! It’s important to learn stroke warning signs and how to respond to them. Emergency treatment may be available if a stroke is recognized FAST and 9-1-1 is called. Use the FAST test to remember warning signs.
Time is Brain
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A Stroke can be treated, but like a heart attack, brain attack or stroke requires immediate medical attention. Medical providers caution that “time is tissue (or brain).” People who delay seeking medical care for more than one hour after experiencing stroke symptoms have a much higher likelihood of disability and death. That's why we work closely with the local emergency medical system and the department of health to get patients the treatment they need as soon as possible.

A Stroke Patient's Story


Tacoma General Hospital's Award-Winning Stroke Program

JC Gold Seal
Joint Commission's Certificate of Distinction as a Primary Stroke Center

StrokeAwardGet With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award

To learn more about MultiCare's nationally recognized stroke program, call the MultiCare Neuroscience Center of Washington at 253-403-4918.

Good Samaritan Regional Rehabilitation Center Services

Through MultiCare, patients recovering from stroke have access to everything from nutrition counseling and social services to speech, physical, and occupational therapy. Part of our comprehensive rehab program is the inpatient rehabilitation program at Good Samaritan Hospital. This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

To learn more about the stroke rehabilitation program at MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital, call 253-697-5192.