Delaying Stroke Treatment


By Stephen Feller | UPI

OXFORD, England —¬†Despite a campaign to inform the public of stroke symptoms, researchers in England say most people have limited knowledge about stroke. For example, nearly two-thirds of people in a study conducted by researchers at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford waited to seek treatment for their stroke. In other words 92 percent of participating patients delayed going to the doctor and 58.7 percent did not think they were having a stroke.

Researchers say the acronym FAST, which stands for “Face Arm Speech Time”, may not convey the most important part of the message. Dr. Ashok Handa, an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Oxford and lead author of the new study, said in a press release “FASTER — Face, Arm, Speech, Time, Eyes, React — may be a better acronym for the public campaign. (Read More)


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Thanks to  Dr. Ashok Handa and his team for designing and conducting the study as well as summarizing the study results; the British Journal of Surgery for publishing the study; Stephen Feller for writing the article; UPI for committing its resources to the article; Google for helping me find the article; and all the people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible to include the picture, text, and links in this post.

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