May 2nd, 2005
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RECOGNIZING A STROKE*
Sent in by Andy Carr
A true story. Susie is recouping at an
incredible pace for someone with a massive
stroke all because Sherry saw Susie stumble
- - that is the key that isn't mentioned below
- and then she asked Susie the 3 questions.
So simple - - this literally saved Susie's
life - - Some angel sent it to Suzie's friend
and they did just what it said to do. Suzie
failed all three so 911 was called. Even though
she had normal blood pressure readings and did
not appear to be a stroke as she could converse
to some extent with the Paramedics they took her
to the hospital right away. 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 simple questions:
*Ask the individual to SMILE.
If he or she has trouble with any of these
tasks, call 9-1-1 immediately and describe
the symptoms to the dispatcher.
*Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.
*Ask the person to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE
(Coherently) (ie. It is sunny out today)
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
* Publisher's Note: This is absolutely
true. I checked with our health care provider
and she not only said it was true, but she has
this information on her own professional website. ~ dlb
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