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Identifiying a stroke

March 19, 2008

A friend of mine sent me an e-mail with a way to identify if someone is having a stroke, and I thought it would be a good idea to share it with my blog readers.

During a BBQ, a friend 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, Ingrid went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening.

 Ingrid’s husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been  taken to the hospital – (at 6:00 pm Ingrid passed away.) She had suffered  a stroke at the BBQ. Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke,  perhaps Ingrid would be with us today. Some don’t die…. they end up in a helpless, hopeless condition instead.

 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.  

That’s true!  The sooner a person gets medication in hospital after a stroke, the less permanent damage can happen.

 Thank God for the sense to remember the "3" steps, STR.
 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.

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.

 If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call 999/911 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

  I would agree with the above!  As well, I encourage everyone to take a CPR class.  A few hours of education could potentially save the life of someone close to you.


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