Patient Education & Resource

Stroke Mistakes!

What NOT to do in case of stroke

(Information obtained from http://strokeprevent.org/)

TIME IS THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR IN STROKE TREATMENT

If Someone is Having a Stroke..
DON'T MAKE THE FOLLOWING MISTAKES

1. Waiting for Things to Get Better
   The earlier a stroke is treated, the better the chance of improvement
   or a full recovery. The treatments available for stroke can only be
   given soon after symptoms occur. Waiting is dangerous, and may make
   appropriate treatment impossible.

2. Calling Your Doctor
   Calling your doctor and waiting for a return call introduces delay in
   treatment. And your doctor may not recognize that these are stroke
   symptoms, and direct you to their office, further delaying treatment.

3. Going to the Hospital by Car
   It is well known that emergency departments handle patients
   differently based on the way they arrive. Coming by ambulance gives a
   person the greatest chance of being addressed immediately and
   directed to appropriate treatment.

4. Taking an Aspirin
   Both types of strokes, both those caused by blood clots and those by
   bleeding into the brain have the same symptoms. A person cannot know
   what type of stroke they are suffering, and taking an aspirin may
   make things worse.

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