HOW MANY SYMPTOMS SHOULD CAUSE CONCERN?
Some stroke victims experience a single symptom, so It should only take one stroke warning sign for your concern to arise. Each stroke is different, but if you suspect you’re having a stroke – or you think someone else might be – don’t wait for things get worse. “Time is brain,” is a common saying among health care professionals, meaning the sooner you get help, the better the chance of surviving a stroke or avoiding permanent disability. So take action at the first sign(s):
- Dial 9-1-1
- Tell the emergency dispatcher that you “think someone’s having a stroke.”
- Note the time stroke warning sign(s) began
Dispatchers are trained to act in specific ways when they hear these words, and letting them know the time you or the person you suspect is having the stroke noticed the signs helps first responders make informed, lifesaving steps when they arrive.