Thursday, March 30, 2006

Save a Life - Recognize a Stroke

I wold like for all of you to read the following paragraphs carefully. There will be a test after.
During a BBQ a lady stumbled and took a little fall - she assured everyone that she was fine and had just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes. (they offered to call paramedics)

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?

Recognizing a Stroke

Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer 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:

1. *Ask the individual to SMILE.

2. *Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

3. *Ask the person to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently) ( i.e. . . It is sunny out today) If he or she has trouble with any of these tasks, call 9-1-1 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

After discovering that a group of non-medical volunteers could identify facial weakness, arm weakness and speech problems, researchers urged the general public to learn the three questions. They presented their conclusions at the American Stroke Association's annual meeting last February.

Widespread use of this test could result in prompt diagnosis and treatment of the stroke and prevent brain damage.
Now, close your eyes and recite the three tests. If you can't, please re-read the above paragraphs and try again.


NOTE to BLOGGERS: Please feel free to copy this entire post to your blog, you never know when it might just save someone's life.......

Thanks, Kim!


At Thursday, March 30, 2006 4:48:00 PM, Blogger OXEN said...

My Grandfather had a stroke, or "spell", in front of me last year.

Speech is one of the main signs to watch for.


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