Video: Life-saving tips to help survive a stroke

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — When it comes to battling strokes, time is of the essence.

Life-saving information could help you or a loved one survive a stroke.

It can hit anyone at any age, men and women alike. In fact, nearly 800,000 people a year suffer strokes in the United States, one every 4 seconds.

“That clock is ticking the second anybody notices something wrong,” UCSF stroke specialist Elizabeth Cahill said.

She said a stroke cuts off blood to the brain, so you must act fast.

Face drooping, arm weakness, and speech difficulty are some symptoms. At this point, you should call 911 immediately.

“That’s when we have the potential to change the tide,” Cahill said.

There are also clot-busting drugs like TPA.

“It’s a powerful blood thinner…of necessary blood flow,” Cahill said.

The newest tool is actually going into the brain and physically removing the clot.

But Dr. Cahill said the best cure is prevention.

“If you have high blood pressure, take your med and take every day same thing for…that is in your control,” Cahill said.

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