Research has found about 35% of Americans experience symptoms of a warning stroke. However, only 3% seek out immediate medical attention. A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is blocked or reduced, which deprives brain tissue of oxygen and nutrients. Within minutes, brain cells start to die.
Adults who have had a sign of a temporary blockage aka, a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) waited/rested until symptoms had subsided instead of calling 911. This is according to the research from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA).
Only a formal medical diagnosis with brain imaging can determine whether someone is having a TIA or stroke. If you or someone experiences warning signs that come on suddenly or go away, CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY!
Stroke: Early Signs
- Ischemic strokes occur when a clot blocks blood flow to the brain.
- This type may be treated immediately with a special clot-busting drug
- A device called a stent retriever may also be used to remove the clot and help prevent long-term disability.
- TIA precedes about 15% of strokes
- People who have had TIA are at greater risk for stroke within three months
Use The Acronym F.A.S.T. To Help Remember Common Signs:
Time To Call 911
Other Warnings Signs:
Loss Of Balance/Coordination
Numbness Or Weakness Of Face, Arm or Leg, Particularly On One Side Of The Body
Trouble Speaking Or Understanding
Unexplained Severe Headache
Vision Loss In One Or Both Eyes
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