If everyone can remember something this simple, we could save lives.
The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke or in worse cases die. Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions and they can reverse the effects of the stroke if they treat the victim within three hours
You could save a life.
STROKE: Remember The 1st Three Letters... S.T.R .
During a BBQ, a girl stumbled and took a little fall - she assured everyone that she was fine and just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes. While she appeared a bit shaken up, Ingrid went about enjoying herself the rest of the afternoon. 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 devastating condition instead. It only takes a minute to read this...Neurologists say that if they can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours they can reverse the effects of a stroke...totally. The trick is getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough.
RECOGNIZING A STROKE
Remember the "3" steps, STR . 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 * TALK. Ask the person to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently) (eg "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 immediately!! and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.
NOTE : Another 'sign' of a stroke is
1. Ask the person to 'stick' out their tongue.
2.If the tongue is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or the other that is also an indication of a stroke. If everyone who reads this information PASSES IT TO 10 people; you can bet that at least one life will be saved.
….and it could be your own…..
PRINT & PASS THIS ON NOW!
© Copyright 1998 Natali Hurley.