May 15, 2008

MEDICAL INFO


Blood Clots/Stroke - They Now Have a Fourth Indicator, the Tongue


STROKE: RememberThe 1st Three Letters.... S.T.R.


Seriously.. Please read:


STROKE IDENTIFICATION: During a BBQ, a friend stumbled and took a little fall - she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics) .....she said she had 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 6:00 pm 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. It only takes a minute to read this...A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hour she 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

Thank God for the sense to remember the '3' steps, STR .


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 simple questions:


S * Ask the individualto SMILE.


T * Ask the personto TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently) (i.e. It is sunny out today)


R * Ask him orher to RAISE BOTH ARMS.If he or she has trouble with


ANY ONE of these tasks, call 999/911 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.


New Sign of a Stroke -------- Stick out Your Tongue


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

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