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General · 28th August 2010
Editor
Remember the first three letters of the word 'stroke'. It may save a life one day.
A story was passed on to me about a woman at a barbecue who stumbled and took a little fall. She assured everyone that she was fine, and when they offered to call paramedics she said 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 a bit shaken up, the woman went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening.
Her husband called later that evening telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital, where she suddenly passed away. She had, of course, suffered a stroke at the barbecue. Had her friends known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps she'd still be alive.
So please read this – it only takes a few minutes. Neurologists says that if they can get to a stroke victim within three hours they can totally reverse the effects of a stroke... yes, totally. The trick is to get a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then get the patient medically cared for within three hours. Not always easy to do.
How do you recognize a stroke? Remember the three steps, STR:
S: Ask the individual to SMILE.
T: Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE coherently (ie, it is sunny out today).
R: Ask them to RAISE BOTH ARMS.
If they have trouble with any one of these tasks, call 911 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.
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, they may be having a stroke.
A cardiologist says if everyone who reads this story passes it on to ten people, you can bet that at least one life will be saved.
Thanks to Anne Milne for telling me!