Too many Canadians risk death or disability by not calling 9-1-1 at the first sign of stroke
Heart and Stroke Foundation’s 2012 Stroke Report finds that adults under 50 are the slowest to respond to stroke warning signs
Adults under the age of 50 are risking death or permanent disability far too often by not calling 9-1-1 or their local emergency number at the first sign of stroke, according to new data released by the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Canadian Stroke Network.
The rest of Canadians aren’t doing much better.
“Canadians need to understand that the clock starts ticking at the first signs of a stroke, and every second of delay leads to more brain cell death and greater risk of death or disability,” says stroke neurologist Dr. Michael Hill, who speaks on behalf of the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Canadian Stroke Network.
“Faster action would prevent disability for thousands of Canadians and save lives,” says Dr. Hill.