Thursday, October 06, 2011

Pay attention to stroke signs - and act

Important, important, important -- Signs of a stroke often ignored:
"The hallmark of any stroke is a sudden loss of neurological function," said Dr. Anthony Furlan, co-director of University Hospitals Case Medical Center Neurological Institute. This could include trouble walking, speaking, understanding language, seeing, swallowing or moving a limb. ...

"Time is brain when it comes to strokes," Furlan said. "The longer you wait for treatment, the less successful it will be."

Doctors want everyone to remember: Get to an emergency room immediately, and not more than one hour from the first symptoms, even if they seem to go away.

More than 135,000 people die each year from "these brain attacks," which are the third leading killer of U.S. adults, behind heart disease and cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly 800,000 Americans experience strokes annually, making it one of the major causes of long-term disabilities in adults.
Know the signs. Act. F.A.S.T.

(Image from National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke)

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