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FIRST STOP: A non-contrast computed tomography scan is the most useful first-line test for any person with suspected stroke.

When speed is vital

A stroke victim who receives treatment as soon as possible will increase his chances of a faster recovery

STROKE is dreaded by everyone. It is defined as a sudden loss of nerve function as a result of inadequate blood flow to the brain. Stroke is about "block" or "bleed" in most cases. About 85 per cent of strokes are due to blockage of blood supply and 15 per cent due to bleeding in the brain.