posted on Jan, 25 2007 @ 01:43 PM
Got this as an e-mail today and thought it was good info to share. If you've seen it before, it's still a good refresher/reminder.
"During a BBQ, a woman stumbled and took a little fall - she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics) and that 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, she went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening. Her husband called later telling everyone that his wife
had been taken to the hospital - (at 6:00 pm, she passed away). She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ.
Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps she would be with us today. Some don't die. They end up in a helpless, hopeless
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, S.T.R.
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 911 immediately and describe the
symptoms to the dispatcher.
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."
Pass it on.