Early Warning of a Stroke

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Stroke - Know the symptoms, save a life!

Ischemic Stroke, or a blood clot forming within the brain is one of the most devastating and difficult to diagnose of all emergency health conditions. What people don't know is that identifying that a person has had a stroke and getting that person medical attention within 3 hours of the event can not only save their life, but has the potential to dramatically reduce some or even all of the damage caused by the stroke. There are new medications that are capable of rapidly dissolving blood clots in the brain and restoring normal circulation if the treatment is given within 3 hours or less of the beginning of a stroke. This window of opportunity - the three hours between stroke onset and brain tissue death - can make the difference between a full recovery and becoming seriously disabled or even dying. Most stroke victims are not diagnosed within this three-hour window and as a result they face a lifetime of disability. By learning the three simple steps below you can provide information to 911 Emergency Services that can make a life or death difference. All you have to do is remember the following three steps: If a person appears to be unwell or in need of assistance but the problem is not immediately apparent, ask them to do these three things: The stroke victim may suffer brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.

Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:

If they have trouble with any of these tasks, call 911 ( in the UK 999) immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

After discovering that a group of non-medical volunteers could identify facial weakness, arm weakness and speech problems, researchers urged the general public to learn the three questions.

They presented their conclusions at the American Stroke Association's annual meeting last February. Widespread use of this test could result in prompt diagnosis and treatment of the stroke and prevent brain damage.

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