CLOTS / STROKE:
A TRUE STORY:
During a BBQ, a woman 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, Jane went about enjoying herself the rest
of the evening.
Jane's husband called later telling everyone that his wife had
been taken to the hospital -(at 6:00 PM Jane passed away.)
She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ. Had they known how to identify
the signs of a stroke, perhaps Jane would be with us today.
Some don't die. They end up in a helpless, hopeless condition instead.
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.
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. Doctors say a bystander can recognize a
stroke by asking three simple questions:
RECOGNIZING A STROKE:
S *Ask the
individual to SMILE.
T *Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK
A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently) (I.e. It is sunny out today.)
R *Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.
Now add a new One:
O – Open your mouth and stick Out
tongue is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or the other,
that is also an indication of a stroke.
If they have trouble with ANY of these tasks, call 911