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) and 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 6:00pm , 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 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 to 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 their 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.
 
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
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