We get countless emails a day... spams and countless spams but once in a while, we do get good information especially from friends.

I got this email about Stroke today. Information that everyone should know and it could probably save a life.

Blood clots/Stroke (Now they have a fourth indicator, the Tongue)

STROKE: Remember the 1st Three Letters... S.T.R.

My nurse friend sent this and encouraged me to post it and spread the word.I agree.
If everyone can remember something this simple, we could save some folks.Seriously..
Please read:

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) 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.

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.
Does one side of the face droop?

T *Ask the person to TALK and REPEAT A SIMPLE SENTENCE
Are the words slurred?
Can he/she repeat the sentence correctly?

R *Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.
Does one arm drift downward?

If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call emergency number immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

New Sign of a Stroke -------- Stick out Your Tongue

NOTE: Another 'sign' of a stroke is this: Ask the person to 'stick' out his tongue.. If the tongue is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or the other, that is also an indication of a stroke.

ACT FAST!

More resources from the links below

http://www.stroke.org/

http://www.stroke.org.uk/

http://www.nasam.org/

http://www.strokefoundation.com.au/

2 woofs:

Stroke Guy said...

Thanks for helping spread the word on stroke, the #3 killer in the U.S.

F.A.S.T. is also a good acronym to help remember stroke signs and symptoms:
Face - Arms - Speech - Time...to call 9-1-1.

For free materials on stroke, including a download of an animated 3-minute video and accompanying literature, lclick on www.MAClearinghouse.com/CatalogPageHDSP.htm (nominal fee applies to have materials mailed).

Anny said...

ur welcome Stroke Guy. I'll do another post on the F.A.S.T soon.

I just found another interesting video on youtube to share.

Look out for it ya!

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