a special program of the National Emergency Medicine Association (NEMA) 

Transcripts: 567.1 & 567.2

Week: 567.1 Guest: Dr. Harold Adams, Director, Stroke Center, University of Iowa Topic: The signs of stroke (part one of two) Producer/Host: Steve Girard

NEMA: The signs of stroke...coming up...

SPOT: 15 years in the prevention of heart disease, stroke and trauma. The National Emergency Medicine Association. Call 800-332-6362.

NEMA: When brain blood vessels block or rupture, there's chance of stroke...and it doesn't strike just the elderly...Dr. Harold Adams of the Neurology Department of the University of Iowa says you should be aware of the signs...

ADAMS: The sudden onset of numbness, weakness, heaviness...part of the body being clumsy. An episode where part of the body is heavy, dead, asleep...usually involving either the right or the side. Most commonly involving the hand. An episode where there's uncoordination, or trouble with balance or staggering, or an episode where the speech is slurred or thick, or people have trouble understanding language. An episode where there's sudden loss of vision...painless, involving one eye. Or sometimes it can be involvement of both eyes simultaneously. Or the sudden onset of a very severe headache...sometimes described as the worst headache of one's life.

NEMA: Dr. Adams says if you have a precursor to stroke...called a transient ischemic attack...where the symptoms subside after several minutes, that's your chance to get to your doctor and get checked you can prevent a crippling stroke. I'm Steve Girard at The Heart of the Matter.


Week: 567.2 Guest: Dr. Harold Adams, Director, Stroke Center, Univ. of Iowa Topic: Stroke recovery begins in heeding the signs (part two of two) Producer/Host: Steve Girard

NEMA: Stroke recovery starts when it strikes....up next...

SPOT: For 15 years, the National Emergency Medicine Association has worked against stroke, heart disease and trauma. Join the effort, call 800-332-6362.

NEMA: Strokes strike suddenly, and are crippling to thousands each month. Dr. Harold Adams of the University of Iowa says your chances of recovering from stroke are better than ever....

ADAMS: And we now have therapies where we can, A)...prevent, lower the risk of stroke in high risk individuals....and B)...treat people that are having the acute symptoms of stroke. But the key parts of both of these strategies is early recognition,

NEMA: If a part of your body goes numb, if you have trouble talking or understanding speech, if one or both eyes go blurry, or if you're having the worst headache could be having a stroke!

ADAMS: Treatment must begin within...even under three hours. And if the person stays home waiting for the symptoms to resolve or not...or not be sure whether to seek medical attention, it may be too late to receive some of these new therapies.

NEMA: Knowing the signs of stroke in yourself or a loved one could mean all the difference between nearly full recovery or debilitation. I'm Steve Girard at The Heart of the Matter.