Fewer than two in five people know the warning signs of stroke. Recognizing these symptoms could save a life.
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Jennifer Shepard: I was driving and I just started feeling real dizzy and lightheaded. Mia Burkhard: I couldn't get it together. I was very undone that morning. Casey Taylor: They are young, healthy and had no idea they were having a stroke. Jennifer Shepard: I thought I could possibly be getting a cold. I remember just wanting to go back to bed. Casey Taylor: Jennifer Shepard's friends finally called for help when they saw her face drooping, more than two hours after the symptom started. Jennifer Shepard: I wasn't at risk. I didn't have any of the red flags. Casey Taylor: In a recent study of more than 15,000 people, only 23% arrived at the hospital within two hours of stroke symptoms. Mayo Clinic Neurologist, Kevin Barrett says even if driving yourself to the ER seems faster, it's not. Kevin M. Barrett: If you are taken by an ambulance, you'll be seen by a doctor faster and that's the key. Casey Taylor: In another survey, fewer than two in five people knew the warning signs. What's your stroke IQ? Pick up the stroke symptoms. Vision loss and severe headache are the two warning signs in this list. Others include balance problems, loss of feeling on one side of the body and trouble speaking. Doctor say it can be a subtle change. Mia Burkhard: There was no slurred speech, there was no other signs other than I couldn't see very well. Casey Taylor: Mia Burkhard is a radiology technician who works with stroke patients. Even she didn't pick up on her own symptoms until hours after she drove herself to work. Mia Burkhard: It can happen to anybody. Casey Taylor: Mia and Jennifer both missed the standard three-hour window for treatment, but they're recovering after months of therapy. I am Casey Taylor reporting.