are one of the leading causes of death in the United States. To help raise
awareness about the warning signs and effects of strokes, people across the
country are celebrating World Stroke Day today. And, you may be surprised
to learn who strokes are affecting nowadays.
The moment a
stroke patient arrives at the Trinity emergency room, medical professionals have to act
quickly because time is crucial.
have such a small window of time to treat a stroke. Really, we have 4.5
hours to treat patients with medication," says stroke semi coordinator Jerilyn Alexander.
diagnostic tests to CAT Scans, there's a lot things that need to be done in a
short amount of time.
"Our average time from symptom on-set to presentation where the
patient arrives in our ER, we're averaging 3.6 hours," says Alexander.
signs of a stroke include:
movement on one side of the body
sudden loss of balance
average, Alexander says they treat about five emergency room patients every month
for mini strokes. And, the number of young people experiencing stroke-like
symptoms is going up.
they're 25; it can't be a stroke," says Alexander. "It's got
to be something else. I think a lot of times, we kind of miss those
patients, because we just don't think its happening. It must be something
The emergency room also treats about 20-25 major strokes
each month. But, many times people wait too long to come, which can leave
them with life-long problems to deal with.
"There are a lot of reasons patients
come up with as to why they don't come in right away. And, I have seen
some patients that have waited days to come in because they think it will get
better on its own and a lot of times it doesn't. Patients, if they have
stroke, typically are not leaving the hospital without some type of
deficit, says Alexander.
includes speech deficits and the inability to walk without a cane or a walker. But,
again, these effects can be reduced.
"The sooner they come in after their symptoms begin,
hopefully, we can stop the effect of the stroke or minimize the effects of the
stroke," says Alexander.
Mini strokes have the symptoms of a stroke, but nothing
shows up on an MRI. If you do experience any of these stroke-like
symptoms, call 911 immediately.
Sunday, March 9 2014 8:57 AM EDT2014-03-09 12:57:59 GMT
The Class B Boys season wrapped up the state tournament tonight in Grand Forks. Fargo Oak Groves defeated Rugby 68 to 58 in overtime fashion. North Star defeated the Lions from Linton-HMB 60 to 49 in the
The Class B Boys season wrapped up the state tournament tonight in Grand Forks.
Sunday, March 9 2014 8:54 AM EDT2014-03-09 12:54:06 GMT
The Century Patriots took home 1st place overall in the Swim and Dive State event finishing with 349 points. Followed by Minot with 323 points. North Fargo took home 3rd place overall at 297 points. West
The Century Patriots took home 1st place overall in the Swim and Dive State event finishing with 349 points.
Sunday, March 9 2014 8:50 AM EDT2014-03-09 12:50:18 GMT
The West Region Class A boys and girls basketball season concluded play today, and the state qualifiers are set. On the girls side Bismarck High won the tournament with a 64 to 61 win over Century. Both
The West Region Class A boys and girls basketball season concluded play today, and the state qualifiers are set.
Sunday, March 9 2014 8:48 AM EDT2014-03-09 12:48:30 GMT
Chair-lifts were packed and tube runs were full, as hundreds of families enjoyed a day at the Bottineau Winter Park. But Saturday was no ordinary day in the Turtle Mountains. It's was the grand opening
Saturday was no ordinary day in the Turtle Mountains. It's was the grand opening of Annie's House, a new ski-lodge and adaptive center.
Evangelist Franklin Graham prayed on a sidewalk outside the Pentagon Thursday after his invitation to a prayer service inside was withdrawn because of comments that insulted people of other religions. More>>
NBC North Dakota News has launched a new channel -- Me-TV North Dakota! If you love the classics, Me-TV North Dakota has them.
NBC North Dakota News has launched a new channel -- Me-TV North Dakota! If you love the classics, Me-TV North Dakota has them. Me-TV North Dakota will also play a replay on the Evening and Night Report at 11:30pm Monday-Friday. As well as, local news and weather updates throughout the day.