Health Watch -- Stroke

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Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States, and it's a major cause of disability. Many of these deaths and disabilities could be prevented with proper treatment given quickly enough after the onset of a stroke. But when researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center conducted a study of a stroke treatment, they weren't able to test it on many patients because too few patients came to the emergency room soon enough.

Dr. Duke Samson, chairman of neurological surgery at UT Southwestern, says it's a tragedy how poorly stroke is understood. This week on Health Watch, we'll talk about stroke, including some warning signs, what to do if you think you're having a stroke, and what you might be able to do to lower your risk.

Next: What is a stroke.


September 2006

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