5 Myths about Stroke

Knowing the facts about stroke can help you to respond appropriately in the event that someone suffers from a stroke. It can make a difference between life and death. Here are some common misconceptions about stroke:

1. Myth 1: When you experience stroke symptoms, you should go to your family doctor ASAP

Stroke is an emergency. If you experience stroke symptoms, call for an emergency ambulance and go straight to a hospital emergency department.

2. Myth 2: If stroke symptoms resolve after a few minutes, there is no need to seek medical attention

A warning stroke known as a TIA lasts a short while and resolves completely. The risk of a subsequent stroke is high and thus a TIA requires ur
gent medical attention.

3. Myth 3: The number to call for an emergency ambulance is 911 or 999

The emergency ambulance number in Singapore is 995.

4. Myth 4: Stroke is a disease of the heart

Stroke is a brain attack. It occurs when the blood supply to the brain is impaired by blockage or bursting of a brain blood vessel.

5. Myth 5: Stroke is uncommon

1 in 6 people will suffer from stroke in their lifetime.