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Calling 911 critical when stroke symptoms present

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Wednesday, May 1, 2024   

May is Stroke Awareness Month and health experts stressed time is of the essence when responding to
this medical condition.

The acronym "BE FAST" can help people identify a stroke. "B" stands for balance, and watching if someone is losing their balance. "E" stands for eyes and changes to vision. "F" is for face and signs of it drooping. "A" is for arms; it is a stroke sign if one arm is dropping when raised. "S" is for speech, which may be slurred. And "T" stands for time to call 911 if any of the signs are present.

Herbert Mumford, stroke program coordinator for Saint Alphonsus Boise, said calling an ambulance is important.

"We do have folks that will either drive themselves or drive a loved one in to the hospital when they think that person is having a stroke," Mumford observed. "We do find that people tend to have much better outcomes when they call 911 and activate emergency medical services."

Mumford emphasized acting quickly is important, because of clot-busting treatments capable of preventing more widespread damage if provided at the hospital within the first four and a half hours.

Stroke was the seventh-leading cause of death in Idaho in 2021, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Mumford pointed out blood pressure is the most controllable risk factor for stroke.

"For people to know whether or not they have high blood pressure, and to be seeing a doctor that can help manage their blood pressure, is actually going to be the biggest thing people can do to prevent stroke," Mumford advised.

He noted atrial fibrillation is another risk factor. He added a healthy diet and active lifestyle as critical factors for reducing the risk of stroke, since they work to keep your heart healthy.


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