Wednesday 21 March 2018

Just 50pc would call ambulance after stroke

Lyndsey Telford

JUST half the population would phone an ambulance immediately after a stroke attack, new research has revealed.

The Irish Heart Foundation (IHF) described the results of the study as alarming and said more lives could be saved if people reacted faster. Head of advocacy at the charity Chris Macey said while more people now recognised the signs of a stroke, not enough took the right action.

"These statistics are alarming because there's little point in people knowing when they're having a stroke if they don't know that the only reaction is to call an ambulance immediately.

"The average stroke destroys two million brain cells a minute."

He said getting to hospital quickly had a "profound impact" on the outcome of a stroke.

"For those who delay, it can mean the difference between walking out of hospital on your own steam within days of a stroke and spending the rest of your life in institutional care, or even death," he said.

The IHF Fast Awareness Week begins today, and the foundation said public awareness of stroke signs had increased by 190pc since it launched its campaign three years ago.

Irish Independent

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