While regular check-ups are top of the list for stroke prevention, familiarity with stroke symptoms is also important. The quicker treatment is initiated, the better the chance of minimizing or avoiding brain damage.
People experiencing any of these symptoms should seek emergency help:
- Numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body in the face, arm, or leg
- Confusion or difficulty in talking or understanding speech
- Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Difficulty walking, dizziness, or loss of balance and coordination
These patients knew the signs and sought help:
- A 69-year-old female went to bed, then called out to her husband that she couldn't move her left side and her speech was different. Her husband called 911. Paramedics brought her to Edward Hospital where she was successfully treated with the clot-busting drug tPA, which can work if given within a few hours from the start of symptoms.
- A 61-year-old male who had slurred speech with right hand and arm numbness. He came to Edward's Emergency Department, received tPA and went home two days later.
- A 57-year-old female suddenly became unsteady and started dropping objects from her right hand. She also had a facial droop and garbled speech. Paramedics brought her to Edward where she underwent a procedure in the Edward Neurosciences Institute's neurointerventional lab that used state-of-the-art devices, Solitaire and Penumbra, to remove the clot that was causing her stroke.
For more information about the Edward Neurosciences Institute in affiliation with the Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation, visit www.edward.org/neuro.
Join us for a free lecture - Be Stroke Aware
Learn more at "Be Stroke Aware," at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 23 in the Education Center at Edward Hospital, 801 S. Washington St. in Naperville. Neurologists from the Edward Neurosciences Institute will offer lifesaving tips and breakthrough techniques to prevent and treat stroke. To register, please call 630-527-6363 or register online.