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In the past few months, the team of Neurologists and specialists involved in the 24 hour Care Centre for the integral treatment of Strokes (HCB Stroke Center) of Hospital Clínica Benidorm have detected an increase of patients affected by a STROKE (Cerebrovascular accident) who arrive at the hospital many hours after first noticing the symptoms, sometimes even days after.
Dr. Fernando Morejón, Neurologist in the 24 hour Care Centre for the integral treatment of Strokes of HCB, has explained that “in the past few months we have received patients with symptoms which started many hours before they came to the hospital. Some patients have even waited days with some of the symptoms of a STROKE. When they arrive at the centre, the possibility to administer treatments is drastically reduced and the after effects of a cerebrovascular accident are worse.”
The message regarding a STROKE is simple and to the point: If a STROKE is detected quickly, various treatments can be applied and the after effects can be reduced, this could even lead to a total recuperation.
Dr. Morejón has explained the incidents with these types of patients who, “arrive too late to the hospital because they have suffered minor symptoms associated with a STROKE. They are the symptoms of a stroke which we all know, but they show themselves in a less aggressive way and the victim does not recognize them as symptoms of a stroke and do not perceive the severity of what is actually happening”.
The paralyses of a part of the face, the immobility of an arm and difficulty when speaking or to make sense are the symptoms of a STROKE that are more evident and known by society. But if a patient gets tongue tied for no particular reason; if, all of a sudden, the patient feels the loss of strength in the arm, or in a leg, a loss of vision, however temporary, they must bear in mind that they could be suffering a stroke with minor symptoms. This is, ultimately, a STROKE.
“Because of this, we should help the community to understand that the minor symptoms are not always a minor stroke, they could also be the first symptoms of the illness, which could get worse in a matter of hours, causing the same or worse after effects as they lead us to believe that they are not symptoms sufficient enough to merit a visit to the hospital”, added Dr. Morejón.
These minor symptoms, in just a few hours, can turn into major symptoms, but the accident has already happened and the time is against the patient.
To maximize the effects of the treatment, the patient must arrive before 4 and a half hours have passed since the first symptom. Because of this, it is important that the community is familiar with the symptoms of a STROKE and that the neurologists have access to the patient as soon as possible.
Hospital Clínica Benidorm, consciente de la importancia de la donación de sangre para garantizar la actividad en los hospitales de la Comunidad Valenciana, así como la necesidad de aumentar el número de reservas de los distintos grupos sanguíneos, ha colaborado con el “Centre de Transfusió” de Alicante, poniendo a su disposición el Salón de actos…