Thursday, February 21, 2008

Tips: Stroke Identification

A good article to share with all:
During a BBQ, a friend stumbled and took a little fall,she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics) .....she said she had just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes. They got her cleaned up and got her a new plate of food. While she appeared a bit shaken up, Ingrid went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening. Ingrid's husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital - (at 6:00 pm Ingridpassed away.) She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ.Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke,perhaps Ingrid would be with us today. Some don't die,they end up in a helpless, hopeless condition instead. It only takes a minute to read this... A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of astroke... totally . He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough. RECOGNIZING A STROKE Thank God for the sense to remember the "3" steps, STR . Read and Learn! Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify.Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke . Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:
S* Ask the individual to SMILE.
T* Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE(Coherently) i.e. It is sunny out today)
R * Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS. If he or she has trouble withANY ONE of these tasks,call 999/911 immediately and describe thesymptoms to the dispatcher.
New Sign of a Stroke ------- Stick out Your Tongue
NOTE: Another 'sign' of a stroke is this: Ask the person to 'stick' out his tongue.. If the tongue is 'crooked',if it goes to one side or the other , that is also an indication of a stroke.
A cardiologist says if everyone who gets thise-mail sends it to 10 people; you can bet that at least one life will be saved.

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