Ahad, 18 April 2010


STROKE: Remember the 1st Three Letters.... S.T.R. My nurse friend sent this 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.. P.lease read: STROKE IDENTIFICATION: During a BBQ, a friend stumbled and took a little fall - she assuredeveryone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics) .she saidshe 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 sheappeared a bit shaken up, Ingrid went about enjoying herself the restof the evening Ingrid's husband called later telling everyone that his wife had beentaken to the hospital - (at 6:00 pm Ingrid passed away.) She hadsuffered a stroke at the BBQ. Had they known how to identify the signsof 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 hourshe can totally reverse the effects of a stroke... totally . He said thetrick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting thepatient 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 victimmay suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize thesymptoms 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. If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call emergencynumber immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher. New Sign of a Stroke -------- Stick out Your Tongue NOTE: Another 'sign' of a stroke is this: Ask the person to 'stick' outhis tongue.. If the tongue is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or theother , that is also an indication of a stroke. 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. I have done my part. Have you?

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