Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Recognizing a Stroke

This information came to me in an e-mail but I thought it was too important to stay there. I still remember watching a man suffer a stroke (a priest was saying mass). As he talked his words became jumbled and he looked shaky. A man gave him water but everyone just waited and watched. It was a very sad moment. Please read, memorize and pass it on. This knowledge could make a big difference in your life.
MEMORIZE THIS SIMPLE PHRASE
-SMILE, TALK AND RAISE BOTH ARMS-
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
and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently)
(i.e. It is sunnyout today)
R * Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call 999/911 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

New Sign of a Stroke -------- Stick out Your Tongue
NOTE: Another 'sign' of a stroke is this: 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.

Repeat after me -

- SMILE, TALK AND RAISE BOTH ARMS

- SMILE, TALK AND RAISE BOTH ARMS

- SMILE , TALK, AND RAISE BOTH ARMS.

3 comments:

Maureen said...

Thanks so much for sharing this!

Kim said...

Thanks for the valuable info. My DH's side of the family has a history of early strokes. His mom had one and she didn't know what was happening, didn't call anyone and went to bed. A friend stopped by the next morning and called 911.

zoom said...

People are so scared of calling unnecessarily - especially if it's for themselves - but really, it's infinitely better to err on your own side.

Always call for help if you're not sure if you're okay.