Stroke Detection

October 12, 2009

STROKE: Remember  the 1st 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:

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 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.


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