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5/24/2006 11:37:28 PM

STROKE: Remember The 1st Three Letters...
February 01, 2006

My friend sent this to me and encouraged me to post it and
spread the word. I agree. If everyone can remember something this
simple, we could save some folks. Seriously.. Please read:


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, 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 stroke, perhaps Ingrid
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,
and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours,
which is tough.


Thank God for the sense to remember the "3" steps, STR . 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 . 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 9-1-1
immediately and 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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