Saturday, June 25, 2011

RECOGNIZING A STROKE

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.

REMEMBER THE 3 STEPS  / STR   Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by  asking three simple  questions:  
                                                                     
1.  S *Ask the individual to SMILE.
2.  T *Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently)(i.e. It is sunny out today.)
                                                                                                                             
3.  R *Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

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

n.b. Another 'sign' of a stroke is this: Ask the person to 'stick' out his tongue. If the tongue is crooked or if it goes to one side or the other it is also an indication of a stroke.

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