What To Do When You’re Having a Stroke

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Speed is the most important factor in dealing with strokes.  The emergency department in Delaware county Memorial Hospital is a stroke center, meaning they have a program in place to deal with acute strokes. Dr. Duminn is the director of the emergency department at Delaware County Memorial Hospital and EMS Director of Memorial County says the most common symptoms for strokes include, sudden numbness or weakness in the face arm or leg, sudden confusion trouble speaking or understanding speech, trouble seeing, trouble walking or dizziness, severe headache with no known cause.
Jason Lee:
When dealing with a stroke it is critical to act quickly and get to a hospital.

Dr, Michael Dumin:
If you or your family member witnesses someone start to have a stroke, and you call 911 right away, and if the medic sees signs and symptoms that are consistent with a stroke, they will actually call what we call what we call a stroke alert from the field.

The stroke alert system contacts a special phone in the emergency department, so the staff can make proper arrangements when the patient arrives.

"When they come through the door with the patient, there is a physician waiting at the door to assess the patient right away, if the patient is stable enough, and it does appear to be a stroke, that patient will be taken directly by our medics to our catscan machine.

Doctor Dumin says when dealing with a stroke, time is of the essence.

"People say about heart attacks time is heart, well in stroke, time is brain. The faster you can get to treatment, the better chances you have of