If they can communicate and remember stroke patients often talk about their attacks by describing initial symptoms. Stroke Patient Kristen Sapienza" I lost all vision and I don't know how but I managed to get to the side of the road 95..and put my head between my legs because I thought I was going to pass out.: Thomas Walker," My speech was slurred and she took me to the hospital and they told me I had a mild stroke."
Doria Donahue" Started slurring my words and I realized, this wasn't normal and he said do you always drool? I said no something is happening, but I don't know what."
Some patients will appear as if it never happened. Others will let you follow their progress as they struggle to learn to walk and talk again. The difference between the two may be the amount of time it took to get emergency care.
Doctors who specialize in stroke say the window of opportunity for good recovery is less than six hours.
What happens to those who wait...the new study says every minute delay means:
One-point nine million neurons die.
14 Billion Synapses destroyed.
Seven-point five miles of Myelinated Fibers that's the coating of nerves are lost.
Neurologist Dr .Arlyn Valencia describes what that would look like. " Every 12-minutes of stroke delay treatment we lose brain substance the size of a pea, now if you allow the stroke to go untreated 10-hours on the average than the size of dead brain cells would be the size of a one and a half ping pong ball."
Dr. Valencia says the numbers amazed even her. The author of the study Dr. Jeffrey Saver neurologist from UCLA says that was the point. The brain cell loss is one that cannot ever be regained left untreated a patient's brain can age 36-years if the stroke is allowed to run its ten hour course.
The warning signs of a stroke include SUDDEN numbness or weakness of the face, arm, leg especially on one side of the body.
Confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
Trouble walking, dizziness, or loss of balance
Sudden severe headache.
As a stroke patient you may not know any of this is occurring, as a bystander or loved one--you too need to know the warning signs and call 9-11