Adult children should all know the location of the closest stroke certified hospital, and no one should hesitate to get to the hospital if any potential stroke symptom causes concern.
Oddly enough, research recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), finds that the rate of people who experience symptoms and call 911 to go to the hospital has remained constant since the 1990s. The researchers at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center looked 1,605 diagnosed stroke cases at their hospital, focusing on how they arrived at the hospital after experiencing symptoms.
In a press release from the medical center neurologist Hooman Kamel,M.D., states, “People do not always recognize the seriousness of stroke symptoms, or instead of calling 911, they may call their primary care physician for an appointment and lose valuable time as the damage becomes irreversible.”
Read the press release from NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center
Read the Medline Plus Health Day summary of the research.