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Research Suggests 1 in 7 Strokes Happens During Sleep
Date:5/10/2011

tPA is not an option and, therefore, the neurologic deficits have a higher chance of becoming permanent."

If you wake up feeling strange symptoms, Lee said, don't sit around. "People should not wait for any new neurologic deficits in the morning to pass or go away as they become less groggy," he said. "They should seek medical attention immediately. Even though tPA may not be an option in wake-up strokes, there are many other treatments that can be given in an emergency room or hospital."

According to the National Stroke Association, symptoms of a stroke include:

  • Sudden paralysis or weakness in the face or limbs, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden problems with balance or walking
  • Sudden vision problems
  • Slurred speech
  • Sudden confusion or problems speaking or understanding simple statements
  • Sudden severe headache with no apparent cause

Stroke experts offer a simple way to help people remember what to look for if they think they are witnessing a stroke: Think FAST (Face, Arms, Speech, Time):

  • Face: See if the person is able to smile, or if one side of their face seems to droop.
  • Arms: Can the person raise both arms, or does one side drift downward?
  • Speech: See if the person is able to speak clearly or repeat a simple phrase.
  • Time: Call 9-1-1 immediately if the person exhibits any of these signs.

More information

For more about the signs of stroke, visit the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

-- Randy Dotinga

SOURCES: Byron K. Lee, M.D., associate professor, medicine, and director, Electrophysiology Laboratories and Clinics, University of California, San Francisco; American Academy of Neurology, news release, May 9, 2011


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