Friday, March 5, 2010

New sign of Stroke

I received it from someone and wanted to pass it along. This is great information and so easy to remember...

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 eveningIngrid'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.
It only takes a minute to read this...
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.
Thank God for the sense to remember the '3' steps, STR . 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 individual to SMILE.
T *Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently)(i.e. It is sunny out today.)
R *Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS..
If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call emergency number 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.
A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this information and sends it to 10 people; you can bet that at least one life will be saved...


  1. Thanks, Annie... Hope I never have to know these things..but glad I read it in case I do.

  2. I worked in Intensive Care until recently- Neuro ICU- and it is so try- get to the hospital earlier can make such a huge difference! Thanks for sharing this!

  3. TFS this is impt to know. My friend, 39, had a stroke while at her daughter's softball game. Luckily the paramedics happened to be there & were able to get her to the hospital right away. That made a big difference for her recovery.

  4. Thanks for sharing such important information with us Annie. xx

  5. Thank you for sharing this! This is really good to know!

  6. thanks Annie, very valuable info here!!! will be passing this along...


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