POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- First responders from across the area attended a free training conference last week at the Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie that taught them how to assist in getting stroke patients the right treatment, according to the Poughkeepsie Journal .
Stroke is the fifth-leading cause of death in the United States, killing more than 130,000 Americans annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Dr. Jonathan Berkowitz, medical director of Regional Emergency Services, Interfaculty Transfer and Disaster Medicine at Westchester Medical Center, said time is essential in treating a stroke and prompt treatment can save a person's life if emergency personnel know the proper steps to take, he told the Poughkeepsie Journal.
Signs of a stroke include weakness on one side of the body, drooping of the face, difficulty speaking, severe headache, dizziness, and sensory disturbances, according to the CDC.
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