Dr. Fred Pich and paramedic Sean Gibson talk stroke protocol with WDHN


Ben Stanfield sits down with Sean Gibson and  Dr. Fred Pich to discuss stroke protocol for Stroke Awareness month.

For those who are not sure what a stroke is, a stroke is an injury to the brain due to a disruption of blood flow. A stroke can come from blood clots or a vessel rupturing. Having a stroke can occur at any time and age.

“A stroke has a wide range from high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, and even genetics,” Dr. Pich said. 

Before having a stroke, you should experiece some early symptons. 

“Some early signs are a thunderclap headache, slurred speech, blurred vision, droooping of the face,” said Sean Gibson, paramedic of Dothan Fire Department.

If you or a person you know are experiencing stroke like symptons, you should seek help immediately. It is not good to wait.

“Call 911. Activate your emergency response system and place the person in a position of comfort. By activating the emergency response system, we can get to you and comfirm what is going and get you to the nearest hopsital for treatment,” Gibson said.

When taken to the hospital for treatment through a EMS service, a patient will receive immediate treatment by going through a brief examination on the stretcher and a CT scan. 

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