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Strokes are a 'medical emergency'

Strokes are a 'medical emergency'
11th May 2009

A quick response to a stroke is very necessary if long-term damage is to be prevented, according to a number of doctors.

Half a dozen leading practitioners told the BBC that if a person thinks they are having a major problem of this nature, they should call 999 straight away.

It was explained that one particular patient, who has a stroke soon after they were walking their children to school, was in hospital, given treatment and was sitting up in bed and talking by 10:30 BST.

However, several sad cases have shown that a certain level of inaction is potentially life-threatening, with people deferring a stroke judgment from a weekend until the Monday, by which time blood clots have caused more damage to the brain.

Following a healthy diet, taking a regular amount of exercise and cutting down on smoking and drinking can lower the body's chances of an event like this even occurring in the first place, the GPs asserted.

At the end of last month, a study at Wake Forest University in Michigan identified that atrial fibrillation predictors are much more adept at identifying the chances of stroke in black people.

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