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STROKE – Remember STR

Identify Stroke Symptoms & Save A Life

STROKE: Remember The First Three Letters… S.T.R.

stroke symptoms 

(Thank you for this story which was emailed to me by my mother): During a barbeque, a friend stumbled and took a little fall – she assured everyone that she was fine when they offered to call paramedics. She said that 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 6:00pm , Ingrid passed away. She had suffered a stroke at the barbeque.

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. Sometimes they go blind.

A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke…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

A 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 . 
* Ask the person to TALK. Ask them to speak a simple sentence such as “It’s a nice day today”.
* 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 the other that is also an indication of a stroke.

If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call  911 (in the USA)  immediately!!and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

A cardiologist says if everyone who reads this article copies it and sends it to 10 people; you can bet that at least one life will be saved.

Taken from http://www.relfe.com/07/identify_stroke_symptoms.html

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