Remember S. T. R.

New Signs of a Stroke . . .


My friend sent this information and encouraged me to post it and spread the word. I agreed. If everyone can remember something this simple, we could maybe save a life.

Seriously . . . Please Read and Remember!


During a BBQ, a friend stumbled and took a little fall – she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics) but 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 three 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. (We know this is possible from the example in our own family.)


Pray 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.

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.

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

Alternate titles for this blog: “Thanks Dena!” ~ “Better safe than sorry!” ~ “Check me once, check me twice, but always check me!” ~ “Coumadin!” ~ The tPA shot rocks!”


2 responses to this post.

  1. You bumped the story about my birthday down the list just so everyone could learn about signs of a stroke!?! Where is your loyalty!

    Two words: BOOOOOOR-RRRRRRING!!!!


  2. Posted by thematsonroundup on Monday, October 15, 2007 at 6:22 am

    I actually like this blog a lot since my whole TIA scare. Scott and I went over this since I trip a lot ;) jk. Everyone once in a while a general knowledge blog is good, especially when it could save a life.


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