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Recognize a Stroke
« on: September 26, 2017, 03:06:26 PM »
RECOGNIZING A STROKE
Hopefully none of us will ever have to use this information but at least we have it. 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, diagnosed and getting to the patient within 3 hours, which is tough.

RECOGNIZING A STROKE - A true story

Susie is recouping at an incredible pace for someone with a massive

stroke all because Sherry saw Susie stumble - - that is the key that isn't

mentioned below -and then she asked Susie the 3 questions.

So simple - - this literally saved Susie's life - - Some angel sent it

to Suzie's friend and they did just what it said to do. Suzie failed

all three so then 9-1-1 was called. Even though she had normal blood

pressure readings and did not appear to be a stroke as she could converse

to some extent with the Paramedics they took her to the hospital right

away. Thank God for the sense to remember the "3" steps.

Read and Learn!

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.

 

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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Re: Recognize a Stroke
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2017, 04:26:30 PM »
Yep, time is critical when it comes to strokes. My better half one of her first management duties was writing and implementing a stroke program for a large inner city hospital.
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Re: Recognize a Stroke
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2017, 08:22:11 PM »
When we go to stroke calls, we do those 3 tests amongst a few others. One good thing to do is get the person to close their eyes when raising their arms. The reason being, that if they are watching themselves raise their arms they may inadvertently try to compensate for one arm if it's not raising like the other and might make your "test" results harder to verify.

One way we tell people to remember the checks is to thing of F.A.S.T (it's even written on our ambulances)
Face - any drooping?
Arms - raise unevenly?
Speech - slurred?
Time - is critical, get to hospital asap.