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Stroke

Because time is of the essence with stroke care, the stroke team goes into action when paramedics notify the Emergency Center that a stroke patient is en route to South Miami Hospital. Patients are evaluated quickly with high-tech imaging to determine the best treatment. South Miami Hospital has been designated a Primary Stroke Center by the Agency for Healthcare Administration and is part of a new county-wide Stroke Consortium, a collaborative agreement with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Departments aimed at getting the quickest and best treatment for stroke patients by transporting them to primary and comprehensive stroke centers.

Quick treatment is the best way to survive a stroke, the third leading cause of death in the United States. It’s important to know the warning signs of stroke and how to respond to them.

Warning Signs of Stroke
  • Sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body.
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
  • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause.
  • Source: American Stroke Association




  • If the person has trouble doing any of these things, call 911 and describe the symptoms to the emergency dispatcher. 

    For a referral to a neurologist or neurosurgeon affiliated with South Miami Hospital, call Physician Referral at 786-596-6557.
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