Sunday, April 08, 2007

Stroke Identification

You Will Never Know What The Symptoms Like Until........

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 on.........During a BBQ, Ling Ling 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, Ling Ling went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening.

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

..........................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 to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently) ( i.e. ... It is sunny out today)

R * 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 for emergency immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

A cardiologist says if everyone who read this and sends it to 10 people, you can bet that at least one life will be saved!


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1 comment:

Eve said...

Thanks for the great information. It's very useful to know how we can help our friends by learning some simple steps.