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How to handle a stroke

The five common warning signs of a stroke are weakness, trouble speaking, vision problems, a headache, and dizziness. If you or someone with you suddenly develops any of these symptoms, they may be having a stroke. Call 9-1-1 immediately. Remember that time lost is brain lost, so every second counts. There is a drug that can minimize the mental and physical damage of a stroke, but it works best within the first three hours. It can be scary to witness a stroke, especially if it's a friend or family member. The most important thing you can do is call for medical help immediately -- it could be the difference between life and death.

Last modified: 2012-03-06

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