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During a Stroke: Time is important for survival
Stroke is a disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. It is the No. 4 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States.

According to the American Heart Association, a stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs, so the brain cells die.

Regardless of the type of stroke, there are certain guidelines which need to be followed if you suspect that someone is having a stroke.

Signs of a Stroke
  • Weakness and/or paralysis to either side of the body
  • Confusion or memory loss
  • Speech and language problems
  • Slow, cautious behavior
  • Vision problems
  • Person may or may not have a headache
  • Abnormal facial droop

If you suspect you or someone else is having a stroke
  • Call 9-1-1, DON’T WAIT!
  • Stay calm
  • Reassure victim. Tell them that help is on the way.
  • Keep the person comfortable
  • Gather medication and medical history for responders

Preparing for any medical emergency
  • Know your address and teach children their address.
  • Properly mark the front of the residence so responders can easily see.
  • Have any medical information available.
  • Learn CPR and the use of an AED (Automatic external defibrillator)

The Burnsville Fire Department also serves as the City’s ambulance service. All firefighters are also trained paramedics.

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