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When should you do during and after you call 911 about a stroke?

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When you make the call, say, "I think it's a stroke." That lets the 911 dispatcher know to act quickly and get an ambulance to you right away.

While you wait, the best thing you can do is sit tight. As the minutes tick by, new symptoms may set in. Still, you're much more likely to get the care you need if you wait for the ambulance.

What you can do is make sure the front door is unlocked for medical workers and loosen any clothes around your neck or chest so you can breathe easily.

From: Timeline of a Stroke WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Heart Association/American Stroke Association: "Four Letters: FAST, Three Numbers: 9-1-1."

Novant Health: "Time Is Brain."

American Association of Neurological Surgeons: "Stroke," "Stroke Is an Emergency!"

"Let's Talk about Stroke Diagnosis."

Washington University in St. Louis: "Stroke's Critical Timeline."

Harvard Health Publishing, Harvard Medical School: "Stroke: Every Minute Counts."

StrokeSmart: "Dos and Don'ts While Waiting for an Ambulance."

Cedars-Sinai: "Timeline of a Stroke: Gabriel's Story."

California State University, Sacramento: "The ABCs of CPR."

American Family Physician: "A Simplified Scale for Evaluating Stroke Patients."

The Internet Stroke Center: "The 'Golden Hour' of Acute Ischemic Stroke."

Health Science Center Jacksonville, University of Florida: "When every minute counts: Massive stroke patient has remarkable recovery after rapid treatment."

Mayo Clinic: "Stroke."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Recommendations: Acute Hospital Care Panel."

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on November 16, 2017

SOURCES:

American Heart Association/American Stroke Association: "Four Letters: FAST, Three Numbers: 9-1-1."

Novant Health: "Time Is Brain."

American Association of Neurological Surgeons: "Stroke," "Stroke Is an Emergency!"

"Let's Talk about Stroke Diagnosis."

Washington University in St. Louis: "Stroke's Critical Timeline."

Harvard Health Publishing, Harvard Medical School: "Stroke: Every Minute Counts."

StrokeSmart: "Dos and Don'ts While Waiting for an Ambulance."

Cedars-Sinai: "Timeline of a Stroke: Gabriel's Story."

California State University, Sacramento: "The ABCs of CPR."

American Family Physician: "A Simplified Scale for Evaluating Stroke Patients."

The Internet Stroke Center: "The 'Golden Hour' of Acute Ischemic Stroke."

Health Science Center Jacksonville, University of Florida: "When every minute counts: Massive stroke patient has remarkable recovery after rapid treatment."

Mayo Clinic: "Stroke."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Recommendations: Acute Hospital Care Panel."

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on November 16, 2017

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