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Recognizing a Stroke: Life and Time Matter

September 19, 20233 min read

I heard a story the other day and decided to share it, because it could save a life.

Here's how it went...

It was a seemingly ordinary evening when Carla's life took a tragic turn. Her story serves as a heart-wrenching reminder of the critical importance of recognizing the signs of a stroke and acting swiftly. In this blog post, we'll delve into Carla's harrowing experience and the valuable insights from neurologists and cardiologists on the timely identification of strokes. Join us as we explore the four stages of recognizing a stroke and the power of awareness in saving lives.

Carla's Story: A Harrowing Reminder: Carla's evening started with a simple trip and fall during a gathering. Despite appearing a bit pale and unsteady, she dismissed it, attributing her stumble to her new shoes. Friends offered their assistance, and she continued to enjoy the evening. However, what unfolded later that night serves as a stark reminder that strokes can strike unexpectedly.

Carla's husband had to rush her to the hospital, but tragically, she passed away at 11 pm. Carla had suffered a stroke while grilling, and her friends, unaware of the signs, couldn't intervene in time. This heart-wrenching tale emphasizes that strokes don't always result in immediate, visible consequences. Some individuals, like Carla, may remain in a desperate situation, requiring urgent medical attention.

The 3-Hour Window: A Neurologist's Insights: A neurologist emphasized the critical importance of recognizing a stroke within three hours of onset. Within this crucial time frame, medical interventions have the potential to reverse the effects of a stroke. However, identifying a stroke and seeking prompt medical help can be challenging.

Recognizing a Stroke: The Four Stages: Here's a simple and effective way to recognize the signs of a stroke:

  1. Ask the person to smile: If they can't smile or their smile is uneven.

  2. Ask them to pronounce a simple sentence: Listen for any slurred or incomprehensible speech.

  3. Ask them to raise both arms: If they're unable to raise both arms or can only do so partially.

  4. Ask them to stick out their tongue: Look for any signs of tongue deviation or twisting to the left or right.

If you or someone you know encounters difficulties with any of these stages, do not hesitate. Call an ambulance immediately, and when you do, describe the person's symptoms over the phone. Early intervention can make all the difference in minimizing the impact of a stroke.

Raising Awareness to Save Lives: A cardiologist emphasized the incredible power of awareness. The more people who are educated on how to recognize a stroke, the greater the chances of saving a life—perhaps even our own. In an age inundated with digital messages, occasionally, we stumble upon something as profound as this. Sharing life-saving knowledge can genuinely make a difference.

Let's make it our mission to equip ourselves and others with the information needed to recognize the signs of a stroke and act swiftly. By spreading the word, we can potentially save lives. Carla's story serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of timely action.

Stay safe, stay informed, and together, let's make a difference.



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Frequently Asked Question

What is a C-IMT scan?

A C-IMT Scan is a non-invasive procedure that uses ultrasound technology to measure the thickness of your carotid arteries' walls. These arteries, located on each side of your neck, supply blood to your brain. Over time, plaque can build up in these arteries, causing them to thicken. This is often an early sign of atherosclerosis, a disease that can lead to serious conditions such as heart attacks and strokes.

Where do I go to get this scan?

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Who takes my test?

Dean Ence, an expert sonographer, will be handling your fast, no-pain test to figure out the 'age' of your arteries. This test checks how thick your artery walls are - thicker walls can mean inflammation. It's all simplified for you to understand easily. We also spot and show plaque, whether soft or hard, in your arteries. You get detailed pictures from the ultrasound for your records. Taking care of your health is our main goal!

How long does the C-IMT Scan and Report take?

The duration of the C-IMT scan can vary depending on various factors, like the complexity of the patient's condition. Typically, a Vasometric scan takes around 15 minutes to complete. The report is done and delivered within 24 hours to you.

Will my insurance cover this C-IMT Scan?

Most insurance providers don't cover the cost of this scan. However, most hospitals are around $800 a scan, but we are only charging $199!

Hospitals often inflate prices due to the complex nature of their billing systems and agreements with insurance companies.


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