Stroke 5

Friday, April 30, 2010

A stroke can have a devastating effect on your life. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill tells you what to do when you first notice stroke symptoms.

Dr. Hill:

A stroke can be a disabling or deadly event. The quicker you get to the hospital after the initial symptoms of a stroke, the better chance you have of limiting the effects of your stroke.

A study published in the journal Stroke found a disturbing fact. Instead of immediately calling 911 with the first symptoms of a stroke, one half of stroke sufferers called a friend or family member for advice. This person often came to the persons home before calling an ambulance.

Only 22 percent of stroke sufferers recognized the early symptoms of a stroke and called the ambulance within one hour of these symptoms. Children of stroke victims were the people who most often finally called for an ambulance.

You and your family should discuss the early symptoms of a stroke and what to do. If anyone calls you for advice about possible stroke symptoms, tell them to hang up and immediately call 911 for an ambulance.

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