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STROKE: Remember The 1st Three Letters... S.T.R.
During a BBQ, a friend stumbled and took a little fall - she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics) and 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 6:00pm , 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... (I copied this from my email because it was important & sent to me and nearly 3000 people--I know many others here concerned with this sometimes fatal condition have repeated the same post, but I encourage it to be read and well understood. Remember steps 1 and 2 are sometimes not 'exact indicators' to detect a stroke as in Ingrids case who was verbally and socially standing up well on her own two feet. Everyone is different and stroke affects all in various ways, but this is good to know and practice when something is just not right . . .)
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
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.
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 SIMPLESENTENCE (Coherently) (eg "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 000or 911 immediately! ! and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.
A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this message; resends to all you know, you can bet that at least one life will be saved.
This is a very useful and important piece of information a friend sent to me late last night. I did not know Ingrid, but she is in our thoughts. With her case made public perhaps I and any of you who read this can save a future life from this 'silent killer'.
Thank you and have a great weekend ! Especially this weekend, the 4th of July (as is tomorrow when this was re-edited and sent out again here today 7/3/08).