Stroke awareness training of kids may save lives

15:15, December 16, 2009      

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Fundamental stroke-symptoms knowledge training will help teach children how to spot the signs of stroke in families and to call emergency number immediately, said a study in the January issue of Health Promotion Practice as quoted by media reports Wednesday.

Relative clinical researches showed that emergency medical treatment within three hours of the first stroke symptoms can limit the extent of brain damage and lead to better recovery. Therefore, the children-training of stroke-symptoms knowledge is necessary and available in U.S.

A health project, named Kids Identifying and Defeating Stroke (KIDS), was launched in Texas. The researchers picked up 515 sixth graders, who were divided into two groups. The students in the intervention group were given four classes about stroke awareness each year during grades 6, 7 and 8.

"As part of the KIDS project, students were also given homework assignments that involved teaching their parents or other adult partners about the signs and symptoms of stroke and the need to call 911 right away if these signs are witnessed," said lead author Kathleen Conley, professor of health education at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti.

Participants took part in a pretest about stroke knowledge/awareness before the study. Preliminary results from a follow-up test after the second year showed improvements in the intervention group students' knowledge and their intent to call 911 when seeing someone suffering a stroke.

"We are very encouraged by the results and would like to see more investigation in the area of teaching children about recognizing stroke and motivating them to call 911 immediately," Conley said.

Source: Xinhuanet
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