First, I hope your husband is up and feeling better now. A “mini-stroke”, or transient ischemic attack (TIA), should be thought of as a warning stroke. It is a temporary blockage of an artery leading to the brain. Symptoms of TIA last less than 30 minutes usually and are very similar to those of a stroke, but unlike a stroke, when a TIA is over, it usually causes no permanent neurological damage. If you have had a TIA, there is a high probability that you will go on to have a full stroke.
If you’re concerned someone you know might be having a stroke, react quickly and think FA.S.T.:
• F (Face) Ask the person to smile. Does one side of their face droop?
• A (Arms) Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
• S (Speech) Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
• T (Time) If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.
The need for speed is critical if you suspect someone is having a stroke. Because a stroke isn’t a single-moment event, it continues to damage the brain as time ticks away. The sooner you seek medical attention, the less damage is likely to occur.
Choosing a hospital that is a “Certified Stroke Center” helps shift the statistics to the plus side, and GCH has one of the best. GCH staff members quickly assess what the patient is going through and determine the best way to stop, and even reverse, the situation. TIME IS BRAIN!
We’ve only got one brain. And – excuse the pun – but we need to use our heads to protect it. If you’re older than 45, overweight, smoke, have high blood pressure, hypertension or a family history of stroke, see your physician to determine if you’re at risk and what can be done about it.