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People who have a stroke while with their partner, close family or friends may be more likely to die, a study has found.
Bystanders who are closer to the patient tend to hesitate more and prefer to 'wait and see' before taking someone to hospital.
Dithering - Stroke - Victim - Brain - Oxygen
This dithering could leave the stroke victim's brain starved of oxygen for longer and cause worse brain damage and raise the risk of death.
Strangers and more distant companions, however, are likely to spend less time discussing what to do and get on with seeking medical help, the research found.
Study - Brigham - Women - Hospital - Boston
In a study led by Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, scientists surveyed 175 patients who had suffered a stroke in the past five days.
They studied the social networks of the patients and found people who were later arriving to hospital – six hours or more after their stroke – had closer social circles, The Times reported.
People - Hours - Hours - Stroke - People
Some 67 people arrived after six hours, while 108 arrived within six hours of their stroke – these people were likely to have larger, more disconnected social circles.
In closer groups, such as immediate families, people are more likely to create a 'majority illusion' convincing themselves the situation isn't as bad.
Study - Author - Dr - Amar - Dhand
Study author Dr Amar Dhand wrote: 'In strongly tied, close-knit groups, information is recycled inside an “echo chamber,” and all persons overestimate the collective support for existing norms.
'This leads to selective disclosure (e.g., not revealing symptoms immediately) and false consensus-building (e.g., agreeing to watch and wait), both of which were evident in our data.'
Majority - Strokes - Clot - Flow - Blood
The majority of strokes are caused by a clot blocking the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain, causing parts of the tissue to die.
Damage caused by these types of stroke can be reduced...
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