Remember S. T. R.

New Signs of a Stroke . . .

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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!

    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) 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.)

    RECOGNIZING A STROKE

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!”

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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!!!!

    Reply

  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.

    Reply

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