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2/22/08

Call 911 at the First Sign of Stroke

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This may sound like odd advice, but at the first signs of stroke researchers say you may not want to call your doctor.

The new study from the University of Kentucky shows that by calling 911 instead of your primary care doctor you'll probably have a better chance of getting you the help you need faster.

In the study, researchers randomly called the offices of primary care physicians with hypothetical stroke symptoms. And turns out about a third of receptionists recommended scheduling an appointment later in the day if symptoms continued. But in most cases, the first few hours after symptoms appear are critical because sometimes drugs can reverse the stroke damage when given within that 3 hour window.

Remember that the signs of a stroke include:

  • sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg - especially on one side of the body
  • sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • sudden, severe headache with no known cause

Again, the advice of the University of Kentucky if you experience any of these symptoms is to call 911.

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