Minor Stroke Symptoms

Friday, July 16, 2010

Surveys regularly show that most people cannot name the three main symptoms of stroke, yet stroke claims thousands of lives each year and is the leading cause of disability. Dr. Edward Hill tells us about a method you can use to tell whether someone has suffered a stroke in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Most people having minor strokes dont recognize the symptoms, and a large percentage fails to seek timely treatment.

Researchers in the United Kingdom interviewed 1,000 patients treated for minor stroke or transient ischemic attack. TIAs are warning signs of possible serious and disabling strokes.

The study found that roughly 70 percent of patients did not understand the cause of their symptoms and slightly less than half sought medical attention within three hours of first having symptoms.

In an effort to educate the public about stroke symptoms, the National Stroke Association launched the Act F.A.S.T. campaign.

Act F.A.S.T. stands for:

Face. Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

Arms. Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

Speech. Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Does he or she have trouble or are the words slurred?

Time. Time is critical. Call 911 immediately.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.