Telestroke technology helping patients all over the Miami Valley

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – October 29th is World Stroke Day. Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. and the leading cause of disability.

Dr. John Terry joined Mark Allan on Five on 2 to talk about the signs of a stroke and technology helping patients in rural areas. Dr. Terry is the medical director of stroke and a neurointerventionalist at Miami Valley Hospital.

A stroke occurs when a blood vessel is blocked or bursts and can’t deliver oxygen and nutrients for brain cells to function.

Signs of a stroke include:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness
  • Confusion
  • Loss of speech
  • Loss of vision
  • Dizziness with loss of balance
  • Severe headache

Dr. Terry says you can use the F.A.S.T. test to determine if a stroke is occurring.

He also talked about Telestroke technology, which links a health specialist to hospitals and emergency centers throughout the region. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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