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Signs of stroke

Signs of stroke

Stroke is a medical emergency. If you experience any of these signs, call 9-1-1. Do not drive to the hospital. An ambulance will get you to the best hospital for stroke care.

Learn the signs of stroke FAST

Would you know when someone is having a stroke? Recognizing the signs and acting quickly could mean the difference between life and death, or between a full recovery and lasting disability. Watch how a stroke unfolds through the eyes of someone who is experiencing a stroke and someone who is witnessing a stroke.

Experience stroke through the eyes of a witness

Would you know when someone is having a stroke? Tim’s wife spots her husband having a stroke and asks her daughter to call 9-1-1 right away. By knowing the signs of stroke and acting FAST, she saves her husband.

Experience stroke through the eyes of a patient

Would you know when you are having a stroke? Watch how a stroke unfolds through the eyes of someone who is experiencing a stroke. His family saves him by recognizing the signs of stroke and calling 9-1-1 right away.

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Stroke signs FAQ

Q What can I expect at the hospital?
A

The paramedics will take you to the closest hospital with a specialized program for stroke care. They will call ahead so hospital staff are prepared for your arrival.

Provide detailed medical history and information about past medical conditions if possible. Knowing the exact time that the stroke signs began is important, because it can help hospital staff decide what treatment is right for you.

A brain scan should be done soon after you arrive, to find out the kind of stroke you experienced. If the stroke was caused by a blood clot, you may benefit from a drug called tPA. It can re-open blocked arteries which reduces the severity of the stroke, helping you recover more fully. tPA must be given as soon as possible and within four and a half hours from the start of symptoms.

Q What is a mini-stroke or TIA (transient ischemic attack)?
A

TIA (Transient ischemic attack), or “mini-stroke” happens when a clot stops blood from flowing to the brain for a short time. TIA is a medical emergency. Call 9-1-1 or your local emergency immediately. If you are not admitted to a hospital, ask when you will be seen at a stroke clinic and how that is arranged.

Q How do I know if I’m at risk?
A

Your risk of stroke depends on your lifestyle habits like what you eat and whether you are active. Some health conditions - in particular high blood pressure - are significant contributors to risk. And finally, your risk depends on things you can’t control such as age and family history. Our risk assessment tool will help you assess your risk and will provide you with a personal report.

Code stroke: Time is brain

When you recognize a stroke, call 9-1-1 right away. Paramedics can take you to the closest hospital with stroke care. Acting FAST is critical because the quicker you recognize and respond to a stroke, the more of the person you save. Time is brain.

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