Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Health Wise: 3 Easy Ways To ID a Stroke

A friend of mine sent me this health awareness item. It only takes a minute to read and could help save a life or help diminish the severity of a stroke. Please take the time to read it.

STROKE: Remember the 1st Three Letters.... S.T.R. STROKE IDENTIFICATION
... 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: Remember the '3' steps, S.T.R. Read and Learn!
Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. 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 911 emergency number immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.
New Sign of a Stroke -------- Stick out Your Tongue
NOTE: Another 'sign' of a stroke is this: Ask the person to 'stick' out his or her tongue.. If the tongue is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or the other , that is also an indication of a stroke.

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