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Informative video accurately depicts how to spot signs of a stroke in an effort to save more lives

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada created an informative video that demonstrates how the signs appear on a person suffering from heart stroke in real-time.

Informative video accurately depicts how to spot signs of a stroke in an effort to save more lives
Cover Image Source: YouTube/ Photo by Heart & Stroke

The post-pandemic period has registered a huge surge in heart strokes as per the Journal of Medical Virology. Moreover, the spike has especially impacted the 25-44 range. Therefore, in many cases, people often do not believe stroke to be the primary reason even when experiencing discomfort because of their age, causing them to get too late in seeking proper treatment. The issue at hand has become so critical that today stroke is the fifth leading cause of death among individuals, according to the FDA. In light of this information, it has become imperative for all individuals to understand the signs they have to keep an eye out for when it comes to heart strokes.

Recognizing the need to make individuals more aware of the symptoms associated with heart stroke, four years ago, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada created an informative video that demonstrates how the signs appear on a person suffering from heart stroke in real-time. The realistic nature of the video might be uncomfortable for some but it is important for people to know how they need to react in such situations in order to save a life.

The video—which has been filmed from the point of view of a mother—begins with her getting ready to prepare dinner for her family as her husband, Tim, and their daughter, Gracie, sit at the kitchen island. It appears to be a normal day for the family until the woman's attention is suddenly diverted when Gracie is heard saying, “Dad, a side of your face is drooping—mom?”



 

The family's evening turns from casual to intense in a matter of seconds. This is crucial as in real-life situations also, the switch happens suddenly and hence this video is helpful in spreading awareness to individuals about how to keep themselves functional during such a scenario. The woman then observes slurrying in her husband's speech and asks him to raise his arm in the air. Seeing that he was unable to do so, she says in a shaky voice, "Gracie, call 911." The video then follows Gracie as she gives the 911 operator their address and communicates that her father might be having a heart attack.

Image Source: YouTube/ Photo by Heart & Stroke
Image Source: YouTube/ Photo by Heart & Stroke

After this, the paramedics are seen arriving and Tim is taken to the hospital. It is evident that everyone is anxious about the events unfolding. Despite all the anxiety, the wife focuses on calming down her husband, so that his condition remains stable and does not deteriorate. The scene then shifts to the hospital. Tim is seen wearing a robe and lying on a hospital bed.

A doctor informs him: "You've had a stroke but because you got here quickly, you are looking at a full recovery". The message provided is that in such situations if the patient is given immediate care and resources then they can be saved and also make a full recovery.



 

The video then introduces the acronym FAST which explains the identification of symptoms and method of response in regard to heart strokes. The display states: “Face—Is it drooping? Arms—Can you raise both? Speech—Is it slurred or jumbled? Time to call 911 right away.” The comment section of the video was appreciative of such a video that spread knowledge about how to recognize such signs and react in such a situation.

@LakeVistaCounty praised the way the video portrayed how chaotic everything becomes at that time by commenting: "This is so realistic, the way it happens so suddenly and out of nowhere when nobody is expecting it. That is exactly how it is in real life!" @ktman36 verified the events depicted in the video and stated, "As a medic, this is a pretty good representation of a stroke patient. The hardest part is dealing with the family when they see a loved one in such a dire situation. We help the doctors by running an IV line, stabilize the patient, radio in to the hospital prior to arrival so they are prepared. But we aren't doctors. But time is most important when it comes to a stroke." For further information, readers can head to the official website of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada here.

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