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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Good Information-on Signs of a Stroke

This is Good  Information!
STROKE: Remember The 1st Three  Letters...

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.. Please read:

During a BB Q, a friend stumbled and took a  little fall - she assured everyone that she was fine (they  offered to call paramedics) and 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 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 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.

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:

  *Ask the individual to SMILE.
*Ask the person to  TALK . to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE
(Coherently) (i.e. . . It is sunny out  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 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.  

" DiStUrBeR oF pEaCe"  


Harmony said...

Oh dear. Never knew its so easy to get a stroke.

YM said...

Reversible by neurologist? That is provided the stroke is caused by blood clot and not a bleeding stroke, which would require immediate surgery.

Anyway, good effort though.