Thursday, October 8, 2009

Strokes- New 4th Indicator

INFORMATION EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW


Blood Clots/Stroke - They Now Have a
Fourth Indicator, the Tongue


I will continue to forward this every time it comes
around!

STROKE: Remember the 1st Three Letters....S.T.R.

My nurse friend sent this and encouraged me to post it and spread the word.
I agree.

If everyone can remember something this simple, we could save some LIVES
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) 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, Maria went about enjoying herself
the rest of the evening

Maria's husband called later
telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital
- (at 6:00 PM Maria passed away.) She had suffered a stroke
at the BBQ. Had they known how to identify the signs of a
stroke, perhaps Maria 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 . 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 emergency number 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.

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.

I have done my part. Will you?

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