Stroke and Time
February 26, 2021•161 words
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Interesting stuff I want to share
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
- lose 1.2 billion neurons (for reference, our forebrains will more or less have 22 billion neurons)
- undergo accelerated ageing by 36 years.
For every second a stroke is untreated, they
- lose 32,000 neurons
- 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.