Thursday, March 6, 2008

The Stroke: Remember the Ist Three Letters...S.T.R

STROKE: Remember The 1st Three Letters.... S.T.R.

My nurse friend sent this and encouraged me to post it and spread the word. I agree. If everyone can remember something this simple, we could save some folks. Seriously..

Please read: STROKE IDENTIFICATION: During a BBQ, a friend stumbled and took a little fall - she assured everyone that she was fine (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, 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 6:00 pm 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 the trick was getting a 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, 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 sunny out 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. 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.

Posted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 12:19 am Post subject:

In addition a tablet of Asprin, preferably a dispersible one, also helps as it dilutes the blood clot.

mdaxJoined: 04 Mar 2008Posts: 2
Posted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 11:42 pm Post subject:

Actually, be careful of aspirin. There are two kinds of strokes: blood clots or the collapse of artery walls which causes bleeding in the brain. The second type of stroke is more rare, but if you give a person with this type of stroke aspirin, you will make the damage worse. My father-in-law had two strokes like this. The first time I wanted him to take an aspirin. Thankfully he refused - the dr said it would have made the damage much worse

GautamJoined: 01 Mar 2007Posts: 77Location: Goa, India
Posted: Sun Mar 09, 2008 12:55 am Post subject:

mdax wrote:
My father-in-law had two strokes like this. The first time I wanted him to take an aspirin. Thankfully he refused - the dr said it would have made the damage much worse.Thank you for the information mdax. I stand corrected. Sadly, just 2 days back, my uncle suffered a stroke and is in the ICU. He is still in a coma and has not shown much of an improvement. We are all praying for him. regards Gautam

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