Too Few Americans Know the Warning Signs of Stroke

Share this content:
Too Few Americans Know the Warning Signs of Stroke
Too Few Americans Know the Warning Signs of Stroke

TUESDAY, May 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- About 35 percent of Americans experience symptoms of a transient ischemic attack (TIA), yet only 3 percent get immediate medical attention, according to findings from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

The survey of 2,040 adults found that those who suddenly experienced trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination, or numbness or weakness in their face or a limb, were most likely to call 911. The most common symptom was a sudden, severe headache. About one in five people experienced this symptom.

The researchers noted that 77 percent of those polled were not familiar with a TIA. More than half of the participants said they would dial 911 if they thought they or someone else had symptoms of a TIA, but only 3 percent of those who did have these warning signs actually made the call. Most adults who had at least one sign of a TIA waited or rested until symptoms had faded instead of calling 911 right away.

"Officially, about five million Americans, or 2.3 percent, have had a self-reported, physician-diagnosed TIA," Mitch Elkind, M.D., chair of the American Stroke Association, said in an association news release. "But as this survey suggests, we suspect the true prevalence is higher because many people who experience symptoms consistent with a TIA fail to report it."

More Information

Share this content:

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »


Sign up for myCME e-newsletters


Drug Lookup

Browse drugs by: BrandGenericDisease

More in Home

FDA Approves Actemra to Treat Giant Cell Arteritis

FDA Approves Actemra to Treat Giant Cell Arteritis

New indication provides the first FDA-approved therapy specific to this type of vasculitis

Trends in Teen Binge Drinking Still Raise Concerns

Trends in Teen Binge Drinking Still Raise Concerns

Even though frequent binge drinking among adolescents has dropped in past 25 years

ATS: First Abx Rx Doesn't Work for 25 of Pneumonia Cases

ATS: First Abx Rx Doesn't Work for ~25% ...

One in four adult patients do not respond to initial prescription of antibiotic treatment

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »