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RECOGNIZE A STROKE
 

DO YOU KNOW HOW TO RECOGNIZE A STROKE???

YOU SHOULD KNOW THE WARNING SIGNS OF A STROKE!!!

                    IT MAY SAVE A LIFE...

Here's a story that came to me in an e-mail, along with
how to recognize a stroke. You should all know the
warnings of a stroke...the signs of a stroke!  "Everyone"
should know how to recognize a stroke.  You could save
someone's life!

They Now Have a Fourth Indicator, theTongue
  
STROKE:  Remember the 1st Three Letters   S. T. R.
Smile, Talk, and Raise both arms!
  
STROKE   IDENTIFICATION & A STORY TO BE TOLD!
 
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 had 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.

 
RECOGNIZING  A STROKE
 
Thank God for the sense to remember the '3' steps,
STR.
Smile, Talk, and Raise both arms!

Read and Learn!

 
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 911 
immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.
 
 
New Sign of a Stroke -------- Stick out Your Tongue
 
NOTE:   Another 'sign' of a stroke is this: 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.


              
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