A day before American stroke month kicks off, researchers release vital information for patients. People are less likely to get emergency help when suffering a stroke.
204,000 stroke patients arrived at 1,563 hospitals across the United States. One in three people did not dial 911. The American Stroke Association reports, EMS transported 63.7 percent of the people suffering a stroke.
They report many times people living in rural areas think they can get to the hospital faster themselves.
Edward Kemnitz, the Operations Director at Decatur Ambulance said, that's not always true.
"We're doing a lot of the diagnostic tests on the way. We're in constant contact with the hospital. We can get the patient quicker into the x-ray department for a cat scan to check for the type of stroke that it may be and get them to care quicker," Kemnitz said.
There are a lot of other things emergency personnel look at while a patient is in the ambulance. Things that you can't check yourself, if you decide to not use their services. Like a person having a seizure or diabetes, those symptoms may mimic a stroke.
There are ways to pin point if you are having a stroke. Just remember FAST. Face dropping, arm weakness, speech difficulty and dial 911.
Kemnitz added, you only have about three hours from the time the stroke starts until you can get care.