Stroke and Time

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I was digging through my combined notes system to find ideas on what to write about and I came across something I noted down some months ago, out of interest and surprise:

Every time a person suffers from a stroke, they

  1. lose 1.2 billion neurons (for reference, our forebrains will more or less have 22 billion neurons)
  2. undergo accelerated ageing by 36 years.

For every second a stroke is untreated, they

  1. lose 32,000 neurons
  2. undergo accelerated ageing by 8.7 hours.

Source: Time is brain--quantified. Stroke. 2006 Jan;37(1):263-6.

Therefore, when someone suffers from a stroke, they have to get treatment IMMEDIATELY. Although treatment within 3 hours drastically improves chances of recovery with little or no disability, every second still counts.

For reference, 'FAST':

  • Face drooping
  • Arm weakness
  • Speech difficulty
  • = Time to call emergency, because those are signs of a stroke.

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