Health Watch – Early Warning: Stroke
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This week on Health Watch, we’ve been talking about early warnings that can lead to earlier treatment and better outcomes. When it comes to a stroke, every second counts — or, as doctors say, time is brain. A stroke kills brain cells by cutting off blood supply, so treatment as soon as possible is essential for saving brain cells.
Dr. Mark Johnson, a neurologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says that’s why it’s so important to recognize stroke symptoms. Symptoms include numbness, dizziness, mental confusion, vision problems, trouble with coordination or severe headache — all coming on suddenly. You can recognize a stroke in someone else by asking the person to smile, raise both arms and complete a simple sentence. If the person can’t do any of these, call 911 immediately. There are stroke treatments that can prevent serious damage, but they must start within a few hours, so don’t delay.
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