Sunday, July 30, 2006

STROKE: Remember The 1st Three Letters...

Hi Wayne

I know that this is a bit morbid
but it's good to know these signs
and be possibly save a life
in the most simple way.
This is good, simple advice that anyone can remember

and I thought your members might appreciate.

from Pete Miller
STROKE: Remember The 1st Three Letters...


During a BBQ, a friend stumbled and took a little fall - she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics) - she just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes.

They helped clean her up and got her a new plate of food - while she appeared a bit shaken up, Ingrid went about enjoying herself for the remainder of the afternoon.

Ingrid's husband called later saying that his wife had been taken to the hospital and had passed away. She had actually suffered a stroke at the BBQ.

Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Ingrid would be with us today.

A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within three hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke . . . totally.

He said the trick was having a stroke recognized, diagnosed and then getting the patient medically cared for within three hours, which is tough.

Remember the "3" steps.

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 very sunny out here 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 000 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this e-mail sends it to ten people, you can bet at least one life will be saved.

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