Stroke has a new indicator. Doctors say if you email this blog post to ten people, you stand a chance of saving one life. Will you send this along? My favorite cousin sent this to me in an email earlier today, and I wanted to share this with you… I wasn’t away or any of these signs, but it’s good to know in case something like this ever happens. It appears that blood clots/stroke now have a fourth indicator, the tongue. When trying to remember the signs of a stroke, remember the first three letters… S. T. R.
Read this story…
During a BBQ, a woman 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.
Think about this… it only took you a a few minutes to read this.
Key neurologists say that if he can get to a stroke victim within three hours he/she can totally reverse the effects of a stroke… totally. They claim the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within three hours, which is tough.
Recognizing A Stroke
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 and SPEAK A
- SIMPLE SENTENCE like, “Is it sunny outside today?
- R – Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.
If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call emergency number immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.
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. Cardiologists say if everyone who reads this email sends it to ten people, you can bet that at least one life will be saved. I have done my part. Will you?