Does getting treatment quickly reduce stroke damage?

You should call 9-1-1 and get to the hospital immediately if you suspect a stroke, says Muhammad Taqi, MD, from Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center. Find out why time matters so much by watching this short video.
New medications and medical procedures can limit or reduce the brain damage caused by a stroke. Many of these new treatments must be given quickly to be the most helpful.
Reza Jahan, MD
Quick medical treatment is the key to surviving and reducing damage from a stroke. A person having a stroke should be rushed to a hospital emergency room immediately. During a stroke, the blood flow that carries oxygen to the brain gets interrupted. Brain cells begin to die as a result. Restoring blood flow as soon as possible can help reduce the number of brain cells that die from lack of oxygen. Hospital emergency personnel have various ways to help restore this blood flow.

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