A stroke is a serious life-threatening medical condition that happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off. Strokes are a medical emergency and urgent treatment is essential. The sooner a person receives treatment, the less permanent brain damage is likely. In the event of an emergency, dial 112, 911, or in countries where these don’t work, look up the correct emergency phone numbers for ambulance, the fire service or the police in Rescue International’s full list covering all 200 countries.
If you suspect that you or someone else is having a stroke, phone for an ambulance immediately, or in the event of any undue delay, get the patient to an emergency department as quickly as possible.