The Miriam Hospital's emergency department sees about ten stroke patients each week. On average, nine hours have passed between the first symptoms of stroke and the patient's arrival at the emergency department. Some people don't understand they're having symptoms, some may experience subtle symptoms, while others hope the symptoms will disappear with time. Nine hours is too long to wait. By then, treatment options have narrowed and full recovery is less likely. If people seek treatment within three hours of the first onset of symptoms, physicians have more options to fight strokes.
Call 911 immediately if you experience any of these warning signs.
For more information about the Stroke Center at The Miriam Hospital please call 401-793-5533.