PSA: Learn to Identify the Symptoms of a Stroke

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I received this through the Democratic Party network. I think it is important. My own mother died of a stroke. The minute it takes to read this could save a loved-one’s life.

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, she went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening.

Her husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital – (at

6:00pm , she passed away.) She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ. Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps she 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

Please remember the "3" steps, STR. 
Read and Learn
them NOW!

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 !! 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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