“Brain Attacks”

The third leading cause of death in U.S. women is stroke. Just over half (52%) of 1205 women surveyed identified sudden one-sided weakness or numbness of the face or a limb as a stroke warning sign. Other stroke signs were not recognized as well. Just like heart attacks, the sooner treatment is started the better the…

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Call 911 at First Sign of a Stroke

Getting to the hospital within 4.5 hours of the onset of stroke symptoms is essential if the "clot-busting" medications (thrombolytic therapy) are to be effective. A comparison of hospital admissions at ER departments in the U.S. has shown little difference in the percentage of stroke patients arriving by ambulance between 1997 and 2008. What are…

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