-- Robert Preidt
FRIDAY, March 16 (HealthDay News) -- Slightly more than half of
Americans with stroke symptoms call 911, a rate that hasn't changed
since the mid-1990s, a new study finds.
The study highlights the need for more public education about
stroke symptoms and the importance of early treatment, said the
researchers from New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell
"People do not always recognize the seriousness of stroke symptoms, or instead of calling 911 they may call their primary-care physician for an appointment and lose valuable time as the damage becomes irreversible," study leader Dr. Hooman Kamel, a neurologist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell, said in a medical center news release.
The researchers examined data from more than 1,600 stroke cases
collected by the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey
between 1997 and 2008.
The analysis revealed that just 51 percent of adults who were
diagnosed with stroke at an emergency department arrived via
ambulance, and that rate had not significantly changed during the
11-year study period.
The findings were published in a research letter in the March 14
issue of the
Journal of the American Medical Association.
Recovery from stroke often is possible with early treatment,
"We have drugs and surgeries that can minimize brain damage from a stroke, but they can be used only within a few short hours," Kamel said in the release. "When stroke victims or bystanders quickly recognize the symptoms of a stroke and call 911, patients are more likely to arrive in time to receive these treatments."
Common warning signs of stroke include:
You should call 911 if you or someone else experiences any of
these symptoms, according to the U.S. National Institute of
Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
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