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When To Call 9-1-1: Having a stroke is a medical emergency. But recognizing and responding quickly to warning signs can significantly improve your ability to survive it, and aid in recovery.
If the stroke has been caused by a blood clot, then doctors can administer a clot-busting drug - but that's only effective within a few crucial hours after symptoms present themselves.
That's why it's critical to recognize the 5 warning signs of stroke and call 9-1-1.
But despite all the information available on heart disease and strokes, it doesn't register for many men and women until they wake up in hospital - if they're lucky. For survivors, there's a new world of medical intervention and lifestyle change.
Dr Nick Giacomantonio is a cardiologist at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre in Halifax. He told us about the warning signs of stroke and answered your questions about preventing or managing heart disease and strokes.


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