May is stroke awareness month. We’ve been saying it all along – quick response means better outcomes.
While this philosophy applies to just about every life situation, it cannot ring truer when it comes to a stroke. Check out our theory. Do a Google search on “Quick Response stroke” You’ll see hundreds of references to information and real life stories where a quick response meant the difference to a full recovery or even survival.
No one can predict when a stoke might occur. If you are an older adult, the chances for a stroke increase dramatically. Having the ability to obtain help immediately is essential in just about any medical emergency. But for stroke victims, it is essential.
Why is so important to act quickly? There are drugs that can reduce or limit the damage of stroke. Drug treatment must begin within three hours of the symptoms starting. This drug treatment is only available in hospitals that provide special care for stroke patients.
Here are some of the warning signs of a stoke:
- Weakness – sudden loss of strength or sudden numbness in the face, arm, or leg – even if temporary
- Trouble Speaking – sudden difficulty speaking or understanding, or sudden confusion – even if temporary
- Vision Problems – sudden trouble with vision – even if temporary
- Headache – sudden, severe and unusual headache
- Dizziness – sudden loss of balance, especially with any of the above signs
Don’t wait until for symptoms to pass. Get help immediately. Quick action improves chances of survival and making a good recovery!
To learn more about strokes please visit the National Stroke Association website.