Thursday, March 9, 2006

Signs of a Stroke

A good friend of mine sent me this via email.  I thought it was important enough to share on here...

STROKE IDENTIFICATION:

    During a BBQ a friend stumbled and took a little fall - she assured everyone she was fine (they offered to call paramedics) and only 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 stoke perhaps Ingrid would be with us today.

It only takes a minute to read this--

Recognizing a Stroke

    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 getting to the patient within 3 hours which are tough.

    Thank God for the sense to remember the "3" steps.  Read and Learn!  Sometimes symptoms of a stroke is difficult to identify.  Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer 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:

1. *Ask the individual to SMILE.

2. *Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

3. *Ask the person to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently, i.e., "It is sunny out today.")  If he or she has trouble with any of  these tasks, call 911 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

    After discovering that a group of non-medical volunteers could identify facial weakness, arm weakness and speech problems, researchers urged the general public to learn the three questions.  They presented their conclusions at the American Stroke Association's annual meeting last February.  Widespread use of this test could result in prompt diagnosis and treatment of the stroke and prevent brain damage.

    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.

BE A FRIEND AND SHARE THIS ARTICLE WITH AS MANY FRIENDS AS  POSSIBLE, you could save their lives.


 

1 comment:

mariespeak59 said...

i JUST WANTED TO ADD IF IN DOUBT SEE HELP. I AM A STOKE PATIENT. laST YEAR i HAD NO SIGNS AT ALL. i WANS'T HURTING OR ANYTHING. i WAS TALKING TO MY HUSBAND OF THE PHONE. hE WAS AT WORK. JUST A SIMPLE CONVERSATION.  I SAID GOODBYE AND STARTED TO HANG THE PHONE UP WHEN I TRIED MY HAND TWISTED ALL UP AND I COULDN'T DO IT, I WAS IN SHOCK. I HAD NO CLUE WHAT HAD HAPPEN. I DID FERA IT WAS A STOKE, WITHIN 5 MINUTES MY LEFT SIDE WENT NUMB TO THE WAIST. I IMMEDIATELY WENT TO ER. I DO BELIVE THAT SAVED ME I DID HAVE TO GO THROUGH PHYSICAL THERAPY BUT IN 5 MONTHS I HAD ALL THUS USE BACK OF MY LEFT SIDE.. NO ONE COULD TELL ME WHY THIS HAPPENED.
AGAIN 2 MONTH LATER IT HAPPENED AGAIN. NOT AS BAD. JUST A SLIGHT MII STROKE. NOW A YEAR LATER I AM OKAY. I JSUT WANT OTHERS TO KNOW DON'T TAKE YOUR HEALTH LIGHTLY IF YOU SENSE ANYTHING WRONG DON'T BE AFRAID TO CHECK IT OUT. FOR YEARS I WOULDN'T GO TO THE DOCTOR OVER MINOR THINGS BUT NOW I DO...