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Content: GENERAL INTEREST

RECOGNIZE A STROKE

 

BLOOD 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
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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.


FACTS:

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 your tongue

If the 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

 

Submitted by: Tammy Tennant

 

 

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