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UVA Health: Stroke health is important during pandemic

Source: MGN
Source: MGN(WTOK)
Published: May. 29, 2020 at 8:41 PM EDT
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University of Virginia Health is urging people who are suffering from symptoms of stroke to call 911 despite the pandemic, saying every minute is critical in preventing long-term injuries.

UVA Stroke Expert Dr. Andrew Southerland said they saw a huge drop in people seeking help for strokes last month.

“We saw almost 40 percent drop off in the number of folks seeking emergency care when they were having a stroke and you can understand that because people are naturally worried and fearful of going to the hospital or leaving the house because of concern for exposure to COVID-19,” he said.

Common symptoms of stroke include slurred speech, weakness in arms or legs and changes in vision.

UVA Health is taking several precautions to limit COVID-19 exposure in order to make sure people still feel comfortable calling for help.

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