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to Call a Doctor?
| Call 9-1-1 or
other emergency services immediately if
Signs of a stroke develop suddenly.
These may include:
You have signs of a transient
ischemic attack (TIA). Symptoms are similar to those of a
- Numbness, weakness, or inability to move the face, arm,
or leg, especially on one side of the body.
- Vision problems which occur in one or both eyes. Symptoms
include dimness, blurring, double vision or loss of vision.
- Confusion is experienced, such as trouble speaking or
- You experience trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance
- You experience a severe headache with no known cause.
Call your doctor
immediately if you have:
- The loss of vision is usually described as a sensation
that a shade is being pulled down over your eyes.
- TIA symptoms typically disappear after 10 to 20 minutes
but may last up to 24 hours. There is no way
to tell whether symptoms are caused by a stroke
or TIA; therefore, emergency medical care is needed
for both conditions.
Call your doctor for an appointment if you:
- Had recent symptoms of a TIA or stroke, even if the
symptoms have disappeared.
- Had a TIA or stroke and are taking aspirin or other
medications that prevent blood clotting and you notice
- Had a stroke and have a choking episode from food
going down your windpipe.
- Experience signs of a blood clot in a deep
blood vessel, which include redness, warmth,
and pain in a specific area of your arm or leg.
- Think you have had a TIA in the past and have not
talked with your doctor about it.
- Have a pressure
sore after experiencing a stroke. Pressure
sores usually develop along the elbows, heels,
and on the back along the spine, and are caused by
staying in one position too long. The first sign
of a pressure
sore is a reddened area that does not go away with
rubbing or massaging.
- Have had a stroke and notice that your affected arm
or leg is becoming increasingly stiff or you are not
able to straighten it.
- Have had a stroke and notice signs of a urinary tract
infection. Signs may include fever, pain with urination,
blood in urine and low back (flank) pain.
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Watchful waiting is not appropriate if you have signs of a stroke.
Emergency medical care is needed to prevent or treat any complications
that may be life-threatening. Prompt treatment may prevent extensive
damage to the brain, decreasing permanent disabilities from
If the stroke is caused by a blood clot, early care by a doctor
in the emergency room or hospital is critical. If you seek help
within three hours, you can sometimes receive a medication that
dissolves clots such as tissue
plasminogen activator, or t-PA, but this medication should be given
within the first three hours after symptoms
begin. Not everyone can safely receive this medication.
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