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What is a stroke?

A stroke happens when blood flow to an area of the brain is cut off, either from a clot that blocks the blood flow or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts.

How do you recognize a stroke?

Getting to the hospital for emergency services is THE most important thing to share with the public. Early recognition and prompt arrival at the nearest Emergency Department enables the physicians to provide life saving treatments and/or medications if appropriate. A quick and easy way to spot a stroke and to educate the public is by using the acronym FAST:


Each year in the United States 800,000 people suffer from a stroke, making it the 5th leading cause of death and cause of more serious long-term disabilities than any other disease. At Kaweah Delta we see an average of 360-400 patients per year with a primary diagnosis of stroke.

The KDHCD Stroke Quality Committee was established in 2009 and has achieved several significant improvements, such as top ratings in stroke mortalities according the HealthGrades. This multidisciplinary team continues in their work to provide the most up to date evidence-based care for our patients. KDHCD committed to further improve the care of our stroke patients by establishing a Stroke Team. The team consists of: 

  • Dr. Kevin Ferguson, Medical Director
  • Cheryl Smit, RN-BC, Stroke Program Manager
  • Heidi Gonne, Stroke Registrar/Secretary