Identifying a Stroke… Critical

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STROKE: Remember the 1st Three Letters…. S. T. R.

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STROKE  IDENTIFICATION:

During a barbecue, a woman named Jane 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 cleaned her 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; sadly at 6:00pm, Jane passed away.  She had suffered a stroke at the barbecue. 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 and learn this…

A neurologist said 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 goodness for the sense to remember the three steps, S-T-R.

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.

Blood Clots/Stroke – They Now Have a Fourth Indicator, the Tongue:

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 said if everyone who can relay this information to at least ten additional people; you can bet that hopefully one life will be saved.

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