REMEMBER FIRST 3 LETTERS OF STRoke
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.
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Many stroke victims can be successfully treated, with some recovering completely, if the stroke is recognized, diagnosed and cared for within 3 hours from the onset of symptoms, which is not an easy accomplishment.
RECOGNIZING A STROKE
(The first 3 letters of STROKE)
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.
Both sides of the mouth should look symmetrical.
T *Ask the person to TALK . To SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE . (I.e. . . “It is sunny out today.” ) The victim should be able to speak and the words should not sound slurred or be spoken in the wrong order.
R *Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.
If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call 9-1-1 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.
If everyone who gets this e-mail sends it to 10 people, it is likely that at least one life will be saved.Read More