Tuesday, 2 October 2007

Live or Die; At a Stroke!


New Sign of a Stroke -------- Stick out Your Tongue
STROKE: Remember The 1st Three Letters....S.T.R.

A friend sent this and encouraged me to post it and spread the word. If everyone can remember something this simple, we could save some lives.

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.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.

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.Doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:S * Smile for me, please?T * Talk coherently: ask them to repeat a sentence e.g. It is sunny out today.R * Raise both arms for me, will you?

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.

If he or she has trouble with ANY of these tasks, call emergency immediately and describe the symptoms to the appropriate person.A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this e-mail sends it to10 people, at least one life could be saved.

go well

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