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Preparing for a Stroke Emergency: What You Should Know If Someone Is At Risk

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The first thing to do is learn the person's stroke risk

Here's how to help someone at risk prevent a stroke, how to tell if he's having a stroke, and what to do in case of a stroke emergency.

If he has already had a stroke or transient ischemic attack (ministroke), the greatest threat to his health is another one. According to Ralph L. Sacco, chairman of the American Stroke Association's Stroke Advisory Board, a stroke survivor's risk of having a second stroke within five years may be as high as 40 percent.

If he's never had a stroke, there's no way of knowing for sure whether he'll have one, but you can talk to his doctor to learn more about his risk.

Get help at the first sign of stroke

If you have the slightest suspicion that someone might be having a stroke, call 911. Call even if the symptoms disappear, and don't let the person talk you out of it. Tell him you understand that he's upset, but you're going to call anyway because you care about him. The most precious gift you can give someone who's having a stroke is immediate treatment.