FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, May 15, 2000
Margo Warren or Paul Girolami
NIH Experts Say Few Eligible Stroke Patients Receive Treatments that Save Lives and Reduces Disability
- Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg especially on one side of the body
- Sudden confusion or trouble speaking or understanding
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause
During Stroke Awareness Month in May, NINDS researchers encourage people at risk for stroke and their family members, friends and
caregivers to learn the signs of stroke. In many cases, because stroke attacks the brain, a person experiencing stroke will not realize a stroke
is occurring. But the people around them can recognize the symptoms and act fast. Candidates can receive certain stroke therapies only if
they can verify the onset of their symptoms to within three hours of arriving at the hospital.
"Stroke is a condition that is easy to see," said Dr. Marler. "There are few other medical conditions that come on so suddenly and that are so
noticeable to a bystander. Many people avoid stroke because they treat their high blood pressure and stop smoking. But of those who do
have strokes, few receive treatment."
For more information on stroke, consumers can visit the NINDS web site at www.ninds.nih.gov, or they can call 877-562-3434 to receive a brochure on stroke.
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