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If someone is having an ischemic stroke, is it possible it will get worse if they go to ER by ambulance?

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Dr. Michael Korona
Radiology - Interventional
2 doctors agree

In brief: Go quickly

Ambulance can allert er stroke coming so team ready.
Can support very sick person so they get to er safely.

In brief: Go quickly

Ambulance can allert er stroke coming so team ready.
Can support very sick person so they get to er safely.
Dr. Michael Korona
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Dr. Edward Smith
Neurology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Gets worse any way

Time is brain. The quicker someone gets to a hospital where stroke care is available, the better the result.
If private transportation would be significantly quicker in doing this, then do it. But paramedics have medications on board and are in direct communication with the receiving hospital's doctors, so that they can monitor and respond to patient needs en route.

In brief: Gets worse any way

Time is brain. The quicker someone gets to a hospital where stroke care is available, the better the result.
If private transportation would be significantly quicker in doing this, then do it. But paramedics have medications on board and are in direct communication with the receiving hospital's doctors, so that they can monitor and respond to patient needs en route.
Dr. Edward Smith
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Dr. Michael Chen
Neurology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

If someone is having an ischemic stroke, ambulance is the best way to go to the er. Driving yourself is not advisable.
Paramedics can institute appropriate measures "in the field" such as starting an iv, directing you to a primary stroke center, administering oxygen, checking serum glucose level, etc.

In brief: No

If someone is having an ischemic stroke, ambulance is the best way to go to the er. Driving yourself is not advisable.
Paramedics can institute appropriate measures "in the field" such as starting an iv, directing you to a primary stroke center, administering oxygen, checking serum glucose level, etc.
Dr. Michael Chen
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Dr. Noah Fitzpatrick
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

There is always a possibility of getting worse.

In brief: Yes

There is always a possibility of getting worse.
Dr. Noah Fitzpatrick
Dr. Noah Fitzpatrick
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Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine

In brief: How in the world??

1} Might that happen? If someone is having a stroke, then can extend / spread / worsen their stroke--EMS providers and/or the ride in have nothing to do with.

In brief: How in the world??

1} Might that happen? If someone is having a stroke, then can extend / spread / worsen their stroke--EMS providers and/or the ride in have nothing to do with.
Dr. Donald Alves
Dr. Donald Alves
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