05 Oct 2006 12:14 pm

Stroke: Remember STR

The following only takes a minute to read and could save the life of someone you love…

Stroke: Remember the 1st three letters… S.T.R.

During a BBQ, a friend stumbled and took a little fall – she assured everyone that she was fine and had just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes. (They offered to call paramedics, but she declined.)

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 6:00pm, 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.

Stroke Identification

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

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.

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 to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently) (i.e., It is sunny out today)
  • R … Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

NOTE: Another sign of a stroke is to ask the person to stick out their tongue. If the tongue is crooked … if it goes to one side or the other … that is also an indication of a stroke. If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call 911 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher!

Thank God for the sense to remember the “3” steps, STR … Smile, Talk, Raise… Smile, Talk, Raise… Smile, Talk, Raise.

Take care,

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