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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 folks. 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 he r 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 helpl ess, 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 999/911 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

New Sign of a Stroke -------- Stick out Your Tongue

NOTE: 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 STROKE

How To Tell If You Are Having a Stroke

Strokes are the leading cause of long-term disability in the United States. But getting help quickly can reduce the odds of permanent damage, so learn to recognize the warning signs.

Step 1: Don’t ignore numbness

Don’t ignore sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg, especially on just one side of the body.

Step 2: Beware of confusion

Get help if you suddenly feel confused and/or have trouble speaking or understanding what is being said to you.

TIP

If you suspect someone else is having a stroke, remember the letters S-T-R. Have them: Smile, Talk (any simple sentence will do), and Raise both arms. If the person has trouble doing any one of these things, or if you’re still in doubt, call ambulance.

Step 3: Stick out your tongue

Stick out your tongue. If it lolls to one side or looks “crooked,” it might signify a stroke.

Step 4: Know the sight signs

Know the eyesight signs of a stroke—sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.

Step 5: Be suspicious of clumsiness

Be suspicious of sudden trouble walking, dizziness, and/or loss of balance and coordination.

Step 6: Evaluate headaches

Evaluate your headaches. A sudden, severe headache can be the sign of a stroke.

[!]Stroke victims are at an increased risk of memory problems and disability if they have low levels of “good” cholesterol and high levels of an amino acid linked with eating meat.

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