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How to Identify a Stroke

First off, I really don't know the full validity of this stuff, but it certainly cannot hurt anything.

I didn't write this....and I actually have no one to attribute it to either (hence the disclaimer about not knowing the validity).

Because of this, the formatting is a bit crazy, too. Someone went a little caps lock happy and while I did take out a few little comments (like how you should tell a million people this and that), for the most part, I just left it alone. Take it for what you will....and please don't hold it against me, lol.

During a BBQ, a friend 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, Ingrid went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening.

Ingrid's husband called later telling everyone that his wife ha d been taken to the hospital - (at 6:00 pm 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 tough.


Remember the first three letters of stroke: STR

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 *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.

If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call 999/911immediatelyand describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

New Sign of a Stroke -- Stick out Your Tongue
NOTE: Ask the person to 'stick' out his tongue.. If the tongue is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or the other,that is also an indication of a stroke.

Sheila @ Dr Cason.org said...

Your right the signs of a stoke can be subtle. I had a twelve year old patient the other day present with a stroke- Severe headache and rt sided weakness.

Amazing in someone so young. It can happen!

bbrian017 said...

wow this is crazy! thanks for the things to look out for. :) overall it's pretty hard to even tell if it was a stroke or not. you have some cool tips on hoe to recognize the symptoms. great blog!

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