Health – In the event of stroke symptoms, go to the clinic immediately

mp Groß-Gerau – Experts strongly advise to take signs of a stroke seriously even in times of the corona epidemic and to choose 112 if necessary. Golda / pixabay.com

Some people are afraid to go to the hospital for Corona. This can be extremely dangerous – especially if you are experiencing stroke symptoms.

Some people are afraid to go to the hospital for Corona. This can be extremely dangerous – especially if you are experiencing stroke symptoms. Stroke experts strongly advise to take these signs seriously even in times of the corona epidemic, to dial 112 and to get emergency medical treatment in a clinic immediately.

The fear of contracting a possible SARS Co2 virus is unfounded, reports the German Stroke Society (DSG). Hospitals would make sure that “normal” emergency care is separate from the admission and care of coronavirus-infected patients.

The number of patients who come to the clinic with acute stroke or heart attack symptoms is currently decreasing, reports the Berlin University Clinic Charité a few days ago. “It is reasonable to assume that, despite worrying stroke symptoms, many people are currently not going to hospital for fear of being infected with the corona virus,” says Professor Dr. med. Wolf-Rüdiger Schäbitz, spokesman for the DSG.

This is a fatal decision, because in the context of stroke treatment the motto is: “Time is brain”, which means that every minute of hesitation increases the risk that the patient will die or permanent impairments such as paralysis, speech and understanding disorders, vision or Coordination disorders and depression occur.

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The signs of stroke include: unilateral paralysis, impaired sensation, vision and speech, gait insecurity and sudden headache. If someone notices these symptoms in someone else, the simple FAST test helps to check for these signs.

FAST stands for Face, Arm, Speech and Time. First, the person concerned is asked to smile (face). If the face grows unilaterally, this indicates facial paralysis. Then ask the person to stretch their arms forward while turning their palms up. In the case of – usually one-sided – paralysis, one arm cannot carry out the lifting and turning. Then it is tested whether the person concerned can repeat a simple sentence (speech). If the person concerned does not succeed or the sentence sounds unclear, this should also be seen as a warning signal.

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