When I was actively lecturing on the warning signs of stroke and the need for immediate medical attention, I would get letters from people. Lots of letters. Letters that said thank you for teaching the warning signs of stroke. It is so important to know when to call 911 – because everyday heroes are the ones that can change the outcome for a person having a stroke.
An excerpt from my book “Highs, Lows, and Plateaus: a path to recovery from stroke”
“It is very important for everyone to recognize the signs of stroke, because stroke strikes anywhere, anytime, across age, ethnicity, and socio-economic groups. I have never known anyone who planned on having a stroke. But, I know a lot of people who survived with minimal deficit because someone else recognized the signs and sought help. Unfortunately, in my field of work, I also know a lot of people whose symptoms of stroke went unrecognized. Remember, according to our national statistics, fewer that 7 percent of stroke victims get to the hospital in time for emergency intervention.
The odd thing about a stroke is that the person having a stroke often does not fully realize that anything is wrong. When asked if they are o.k. the person having the stroke quite often says they are fine or makes up a reason to explain their behavior. Remember, it is the brain that is under attack – and this is the same brain that is supposed to be identifying that something is wrong! A brain under attack is going to have to rely on someone else to identify the problem and seek help.”