Weakness on one side of the body, droopiness of the facial muscles, or slurred speech—these are classic symptoms of what life-threatening condition? If you said “a stroke,” you’re right. But, if you have those symptoms, what should you do? Hopefully more than most of us.
Researchers found that almost two-thirds of people with stroke symptoms failed to call 911. This is critical, because the window of opportunity to treat a stroke is only three hours from the first symptom. The longer the wait, the lower the chance of recovery.
To see if you or someone you love may be having a stroke, ask them to do three things:
- Raise both arms, and
- Speak a simple sentence.
If they cannot, call 911. Don’t strike out on treating a stroke.
Here are some more of my blogs on this topic:
- Researchers: Apples help prevent heart attacks, strokes
- How obese people can reduce heart disease, stroke risk
- Aspirin before bed may reduce morning heart attack, stroke risk
- Flu shot reduces heart attacks, strokes, and death in heart patients
- Study: Chocolate consumption reduces likelihood of stroke in men
- Shift workers face increased risk of heart attack, stroke
- Sleeping six hours or less regularly linked to increased stroke risk
- Citrus fruit consumption linked to reduced stroke risk in women
- Diet soda tied to heart attack, stroke risks
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