Monday, July 03, 2006

STROKE IDENTIFICATION

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My friend sent this to me and encouraged me to post it and spread the word. I agree. If everyone can remember something this simple, we could save some folks. Seriously...

During a BB Q, a friend stumbled and took a little fall - she assuredeveryone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics) and justtripped over a brick because of her new shoes. They got her cleaned up andgot 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 6:00pm, Ingrid passed away.)

She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ.Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Ingrid wouldbe with us today. Some don't die. They end up in a helpless, hopelesscondition instead.It only takes a minute to read this...A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hourshe can totally reverse the effects of a stroke...totally. He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting thepatient 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 severebrain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of astroke.Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simplequestions:
S *Ask the individual to SMILE.
T *Ask the person to TALK .. to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE
R *Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

NOTE: Another sign of a stroke is this: Ask the person to stick out their tongue... if the tongue is crooked, if it goes to one side or theother that is also an indication of a stroke. If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call 9-1-1 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher. A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this e-mail sends it to 10 people; you can bet that at least one life will be saved.

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