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Stroke Awareness - Remember: S. T. R.

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posted on Jan, 25 2007 @ 01:43 PM
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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 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, 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.




posted on Jan, 25 2007 @ 02:25 PM
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Good to know YR. Thanks for posting this.

I still need to learn CPR too damnit!!

Peace



posted on Jan, 29 2007 @ 10:50 AM
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Those are really good things to know. I have elderly neighbors that I try to keep an eye on. I'm going to jot that stuff down, it may come in handy someday. Thanks YR



 
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