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14 May 2006 @ 07:50 pm
 
I like the neumonic device.

~ LaRhee





Good to know...

STROKE: Remember The 1st

Three Letters...

STROKE IDENTIFICATION: 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.

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.

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 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 SIMPLE SENTENCE

(Coherently) (i.e. 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 9-1-1 immediately

and 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.