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The tell-tale sign of stroke is the sud­den­ness with which symp­toms oc­cur. “Start by call­ing 999. paramedics are trained to deal with stroke and will take you to the best hospi­tal equipped to treat it. this may not be your near­est one, so hav­ing some­one take you to hospi­tal in­stead of call­ing 999 may ac­tu­ally de­lay treat­ment in­stead of speed­ing it up,” says Dr Quinn.

“In hospi­tal you should be given a brain scan to de­ter­mine what has caused the stroke, so you get the most ap­pro­pri­ate treat­ment,”

Don’t take any med­i­ca­tion, such as as­pirin, un­less you’re told to do so by a para­medic or doc­tor. Re­search by Ox­ford Univer­sity found that tak­ing as­pirin shortly af­ter a mini stroke could sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce your risk of ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a full blown one. But the ben­e­fits de­pend on what caused the stroke – if it’s caused by a bleed on the brain, tak­ing as­pirin could make things worse in­stead of bet­ter, so wait for med­i­cal ad­vice.

“Also bear in mind that al­though a stroke nearly al­ways af­fects just one side of your body – you need to take any kind of sud­den ‘funny turn’ se­ri­ously,” says Dr Quinn. “even fleet­ing symp­toms that have quickly passed need to be treated as an emer­gency. they could mean you’ve had a mini stroke or tIA (tran­sient Ischaemic At­tack).”

You still need to call 999 and get ur­gent treat­ment. Mini strokes can be a warn­ing sign and speedy treat­ment may be able to pre­vent a full-blown stroke – don’t worry about wast­ing the doc­tor’s time, it’s bet­ter to get it checked out.

Hav­ing some­one take you to hospi­tal in­stead of call­ing 999 may ac­tu­ally de­lay your treat­ment

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