Fwd: [proactupdates] Indentifying a stroke when it happens - 3 easy step

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Subject: Fwd: [proactupdates] Indentifying a stroke when it happens - 3 easy steps
From: Carl Clifford <>
Date: Tue, 18 Apr 2006 12:19:02 +1000
Sorry for the cross post, but perhaps this information may help save
a life.

Carl Clifford

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From: "david camilleri" <>
Date: 18 April 2006 1:30:00 AM
Subject: [proactupdates] Indentifying a stroke when it happens - 3
easy steps

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Sorry for cross posting!


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

During a BBQ, a friend stumbled and took a little fall - she assured
everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics) and 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 afternoon. Ingrid's husband
called later saying that his wife had been taken to the hospital and
away. She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ. Had they known how to
the signs of a stroke, perhaps Ingrid would be with us today. Some
victims don't die, they end up in a helpless, hopeless condition

It only takes a minute to read this...

A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within three hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke . . . totally. He said the
trick was having a stroke recognized, diagnosed and then getting the
medically cared for within three hours, which is tough.


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
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

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 this: 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
and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this e-mail sends it to ten
you can bet at least one life will be saved.


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