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"Emergency Medical Services Week" Highlights Stroke Survivors and Awareness
Date:5/16/2012

SEATTLE, May 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Hours, or even minutes, can mean the difference between life and death when someone is having a stroke.  As part of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week from May 20-26, stroke survivors from King County will share their stories about how quick recognition of stroke symptoms and timely response and treatment through King County EMS helps patients survive and return to full health.

Stroke is the leading cause of disability in the United States, but there are many common early warning signs and symptoms that can help with quick identification, response and treatment of stroke, helping to prevent or reduce long-term health problems.

Common stroke symptoms include:

  • sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arms or legs (especially on one side);
  • sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding;
  • sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes;
  • sudden trouble walking, dizziness or loss of balance and coordination;
  • sudden severe headache with no known cause.

 

Calling 9-1-1 immediately upon recognition of these stroke warning signs is critical to the health of those suffering from a stroke.  Professional dispatchers at EMS receive and triage calls to help determine the appropriate level of care needed, greatly improving the short and long-term outlook for stroke victims.

King County EMS continues to set the standard for pre-hospital emergency care. More than 4,000 paid and volunteer emergency medical personnel perform extraordinary acts of service and kindness every day, including those who work and volunteer as paramedics, emergency medical technicians, dispatchers and medical directors. 

To improve awareness about how to deal with potential stroke symptoms and to illustrate the importance of EMS in first-response stroke care, several King County patients plan to share their sto
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