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Stroke Identification

By Staff Reporter



During a BBQ, a friend stumbled and took a little fall – she assuredeveryone that she was fine and justtripped over a brick because of her new shoes. They got her cleaned up andgot her a new plate of food – while she appeared a bit shaken up, Ingridwent about enjoying herself the rest of the evening. Ingrid’s husband calledlater telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital – She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ. Had theyknown how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Ingrid would be with ustoday. Some don’t die. They end up in a helpless, hopeless conditioninstead.It only takes a minute to read this…A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours hecan totally reverse the effects of a stroke…totally. He said the trick wasgetting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patientmedically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough.RECOGNIZING A STROKEThank God for the sense to remember the “3” steps, STR . Read and Learn!Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, thelack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe braindamage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simplequestions:S *Ask the individual to SMILE.T *Ask the person to TALK . To SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE R *Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.{NOTE: Another ‘sign’ of a stroke is this: Ask the person to ‘stick’ outtheir tongue… If the tongue is ‘crooked’, if it goes to one side or theother that is also an indication of a stroke}If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call 9-1-1 immediatelyand 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.

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