This was forwarded to me. I don’t like forwarding stuff, so I decided to post it on my blog so more people would see it.
During a BBQ, Jane 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 her a new plate of food. While she appeared a bit shaken up, Jane went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening.
Jane’s husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital (at 6:00 PM Jane passed away.) She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ. Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Jane would be with us today. Some don’t die. They end up in a helpless, hopeless condition instead.
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
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 person to SMILE.
· T = Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE coherently (for example: "Chicken Soup")
· R = Ask the person to RAISE BOTH ARMS.
NEW SIGN OF STROKE – STICK OUT YOUR TONGUE
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 a stroke.
If the person has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call an emergency number immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.