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Stroke Survival Tips

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  • Know the symptoms of a stroke. This can help you act quickly if you feel ill.
  • Keep a card with emergency numbers and a list of your medications with you at all times. The information will allow emergency medical personnel to contact your doctor, a friend, or a relative who can provide information on medications you are taking.
  • Keep a phone on a low table. This will help you if you fall during a stroke or are unable to walk to a telephone and call for help.
  • Keep a clock in the bedroom, living room, and kitchen, or wear a watch. If you think you are having a stroke, check the time so you will know when the first symptom appeared.
  • Place a pad and pen on your nightstand with a checklist of medicines. Keep your checklist of medicines updated. If you have a stroke, tell emergency medical personnel where to find the list. This will help the health professionals know how best to treat you.
  • Give a spouse, family member, or neighbor a list of the warning signs of a stroke and your emergency numbers. They may be able to help you if you have a stroke or provide important information to emergency medical personnel.

Adapted from the National Council on Aging’s “Stroke Survival Tips,” 2003.

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Information on this page is taken from the English print version of “Healthy Heart, Healthy Family: A Community Health Worker's Manual.” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, NIH Publication No. 08-3674, Originally Printed 1999, Revised May 2008.

Last Updated March 2012

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