Most of us know the *S.T.R. tips for checking for a stroke.
Speak-Talk-Reach up with both arms, but here's a new one
New Sign of a Stroke: Stick out Your Tongue. 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.
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) and 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
6:00pm, 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
RECOGNIZING A STROKE
Thank God for the sense to remember the "3" steps, STR . Read and
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
S * Ask the individual to SMILE.
T * Ask the person to TALK to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently)
(i.e. It is sunny out 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 < /SPAN>ANY ONE of these tasks, call 911
immediately!! and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.
A 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.
Andrew P. Robertson, 32492 R-088 grp A