STROKE IDENTIFICATION

 

 

RETURN
 

 

From Fr Michael

I was sent this and asked to pass it on to as many people as possible:

 

During a BBQ, a friend stumbled and took a little fall – she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call the paramedics) ….. she said that 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 to be a bit shaken up, Ingrid went about enjoying herself for the rest of the evening.

Ingrid’s husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to 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 that the trick was getting the stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough.

RECOGNIZING A STROKE

Thank God for the sense to remember the "3" steps, S T R. Read and learn

Sometime 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 that a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:

 

S * Ask the individual to SMILE

T * Ask the person to TALK and to speak a SIMPLE SENTENCE     COHERENTLY – "It is a sunny day today"

 

R * Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS

 

If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call 999 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

 

NEW SIGN OF A STROKE –

STICK YOUR TONGUE OUT

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.

 


Note from the WebMaster: shortly before I received this message I learned that a friend of mine had just had a stroke. The hospital  neurologist said  exactly the same as the neurologist in this account regarding the need for rapid attention and being able to reverse the effects of a stroke if the victim is seen within 3 hours.