RECOGNIZING A STROKE


takoda
on Feb 16, 2012 @ 08:20 am

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.

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 with ANY ONE of these tasks, call an 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', 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.


 


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Becky
wow.. on Feb 16, 2012 @ 10:35 am

Simple enough and very good to know. Thanks for sharing!
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mamaluv
very cool information on Feb 16, 2012 @ 11:20 am

I had a dear relative die of a stroke (was preceded by many small strokes) a few years ago, and these warning signs would have been good to know. Since his strokes were so minor though, it was often in retrospect that we realized what had happened. Possibly nothing would have changed the outcome, but it's always good to be prepared with these simple tips - thanks!
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Patricia
Good to know on Feb 16, 2012 @ 12:25 pm

Thanks for the information!
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takoda
Stroks can be very scary! on Feb 16, 2012 @ 02:17 pm

When I was about 15 my Grandma had a few strokes. She was living with us
when she had one of them and I was the only one home with her when it
hit her. She kept asking me if I could see all of these different people
that weren't even there. She was telling me what they looked like, what
they were wearing, everything about them to a tee, but I saw nothing.
It was really scary at the time and I had no idea what was going on with
her. I thought she was losing her mind. This went on for about an hour
when I couldn't take it any longer I called my mom at work and told her
she had to come home and come home now! At the time it was the only sign
she was having that told me something was very wrong. The Dr later told
me that it was another sign that she was having a stroke and if I would
have waited any longer to make the call that I did, we could have lost
her, or she wouldn't have ever bin the same ever again. As it was she got over that one and lived for another six years until she was 87. I think its always
best to know as much about these things as we can, so we know enough to
get the help that people may need and fast. Time is always very
important in cases like this.
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