I recieved an email with advice on recognizing a stroke. I wonder if any one know it is true.
It reads as follows:
[during a bbq a friend stumbled and took a little fall - she assured
everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics) and that
she 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 6:00pm, 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.
It only takes a minute to read this-
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 getting
to the patient within 3 hours which is tough.
Recognizing a stroke
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
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" or local doctor 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