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Some good advice to take heed of , to store away andMaybe use to save a life.
This post was placed on another forum and thought that we too needed to know about this.
STROKE: Remember The 1st Three Letters... S.T.R ..
My friend sent this to me and encouraged me to post it and spread the word. I agree. If everyone can remember something this simple, we could save some folks.
During a party, a friend stumbled and took a little fall - she assured everyone that she was fine and just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes. (they offered to call ambulance)
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 party . 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
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 * = TALK. Ask the person to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently) (eg 'It is sunny out today').
R * Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS .
If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call the ambulance and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.
NOTE : Another 'sign' of a stroke is
1. Ask the person to 'stick' out their tongue.
2. If the tongue is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or the other that is also an indication of a stroke.
A prominent 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.
and it could be your own .
PASS IT ON
Timely advice, one of my patients suffered a minor stroke (Transient Ischemic Attack) just the other day. All the signs you describe above were there.
Thankfully we are next door to the main hospital and the attack was brief and 'light'.
Take heed all, and take care of your selves.
good advice there
when i had a stroke, it was terrifying.......i was well aware of what was happening, but could not move, or speak..... i did pass out, but that was because combined with the stroke was a heart attack.
i was in C.C.U. within an hour of it happening, and i was put on drips etc with goodness knows what in. i was in hospital for 3 weeks recovering, before i was sent home with supervision.
but the quickness of it happening with no warning signs was the worst part. the trying to tell people what happened or how i was feeling was so hard. i could not communicate.
thankfully, because of the fast, expert actions of the medical staff, and rehab, i was able to walk and talk again after several months. it affected my right side, a bonus so i was told.