Know the sudden signs of a stroke by remembering the acronym B.E. F.A.S.T.

At Mena Regional Health System, AR Saves Stroke Assistance Through Vital Emergency Support is available.
Upon entering the Emergency Department, a neurological exam will be given, blood drawn and a radiology technician will perform a CT scan of the head.

At that point, video conferencing with a UAMS neurologist begins.  The diagnosis of the neurologist is crucial if TPA is needed, a clot busting treatment that dissolves the obstruction.  TPA can only be administered within a short amount of time, so there is a very small window of opportunity.

Remember, watch for the signs and act BE FAST.

Stroke Risk Factors:


  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • Heart Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Heavy alcohol use
  • Physical inactivity and obesity
  • Atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat)
  • Family history of stroke