Recognizing A Stroke


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Recognize a Stroke by Asking 3 Simple Questions

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DELAY CAN BE FATAL:
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.  The trick is getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours.

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.

How do you do it?

Remember The 1st Three Letters…. S. T. R.

A bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple que stions:

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 911/999  immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

Since this was originally written another symptom of stroke has been recognized.

Stick out Your Tongue
Ask the person to ‘stick’ out his tongue.  If the tongue is ‘crooked’ (that is,  if it goes to one side or the other),  that is also an indication of a stroke.

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