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What should you do if someone has a stroke?

Call 911 (or the emergency number in your area) immediately. While you wait for help, make sure the person is safe and keep track of how long the person has been having the symptoms of a stroke. If the victim is conscious, have him or her sit or lie comfortably to prevent falling. DO NOT administer drugs, food, or water. DO NOT give any aspirin or other pain relievers as they may make the stroke worse by causing more bleeding in the brain. In the unlikely event that the person loses consciousness and stops breathing, it is safe to administer CPR or rescue breathing.

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