Experts at Capital Health warn anyone experiencing even one of the signs or symptoms of stroke to call 911 and get to the hospital immediately. Numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, confusion, and trouble speaking or understanding speech are just some of the signs of a stroke. With stay-at-home orders and social distancing guidelines in place during the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare experts have expressed concern about people hesitating to call 911 and delaying necessary treatment, particularly for time-sensitive emergencies like stroke.
“Treatment for stroke cannot be delayed,” said Dr. Dustin Rochestie, director of Stroke, Neurology, and Neurocritical Care at Capital Health and a board certified neuro intensivist. “Every minute is critical because there is a short window in which we can achieve the best results. Hospitals have taken significant measures to protect people, so concerns regarding COVID-19 should never prevent someone from seeking lifesaving treatments.”
If you, or someone else, are experiencing any of the following signs or symptoms of stroke, call 911 immediately.