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Why is it important for a person to get to the hospital

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Why is it important for a person to get to the hospital immediately when they show obivious signs of having a stroke? If a stroke victim isn't seen for treatment w/in @ 8 hours, what damages might have been avoided if he had gone to the hospital immediately?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Neurology
Expert:  Dr. Ravoof replied 2 years ago.
Dear customer,
Thanks for your question.
When the blood supply to part of the brain is interrupted or severely reduced, depriving the brain tissue of oxygen and nutrients, this is known as stroke. Within minutes, the brain cells begin to die.
A stroke may cause temporary or permanent disabilities, depending on how long the brain was lacking in the blood flow and which part was affected.
For 8 hours if a stroke victim is not treated many complications may occur (this depends on the part of the brain affected) some of which are paralysis or loss of muscle movement, difficulty talking or understanding language, difficulty swallowing, memory loss or thinking difficulties, pain, numbness or other abnormal sensations in parts of their bodies affected by stroke.
Hence stroke is a medical emergency, and prompt treatment is crucial. Early action can minimize the brain damage that can occur in stroke.
Take care.

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