Tuesday, January 3, 2012

STROKE: Remember the First Three Letters, S. T. R.

During  a BBQ, a woman 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, Jane  went  about enjoying herself the rest of the  evening.

Jane's  husband called later telling everyone that his  wife had been  taken to the hospital - (at 6:00  pm Jane passed away.) She had  suffered a stroke  at the BBQ. Had they known how to identify the  signs of a stroke, perhaps Jane 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.

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

    *Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS

If  he or she  has trouble with ANY ONE of these  tasks, call emergency number  immediately  and describe the symptoms 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' and if it goes to one side or the other
 that is also an indication of a   stroke.

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.
I  have done my part. Will  you?


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