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How to Survive a Stroke

In a previous article we examined ways to survive a heart attack. Just as there are important steps to take during a heart attack, the same goes for a stroke. The decisions we make in the crucial first minutes of a stroke can mean the difference between life and death. Below are three important steps to after you have dialed 9-1-1.

How to Survive a Stroke

1) Identify the Symptoms and Check the Clock
Whether you begin feeling numbness or have trouble with your vision do your best to remember when you first experienced the symptoms. In order to provide proper treatment, the doctors need to know when the onset of the stroke started. Time is of the essence since with each passing minute more brain cells will lose oxygen and die leaving you with permanent brain damage.

2) Stop All Activity
After you have dialed 9-1-1 and checked the time you need to cease all activity. Do not drink, eat or drive. This is essential so you do not put your life or others peoples’ lives at risk. Furthermore, the less activity the less stress for your brain which is fighting for survival.

3) Lie Down
Lying down will promote blood flow to the brain. This may buy you some time as you wait for medical personnel to arrive. While some people suggest aspirin, it is not recommended because it may cause you to choke or increase bleeding. If aspirin is necessary the doctors will provide it for you once you reach the hospital.

The information supplied in this article is not to be considered as medical advice and is for educational purposes only.