RECOGNIZING A STROKE
Maybe you are in perfect Health to bother about this.
But then, you may have an opportunity to save a family member, friend or stranger.
During an outdoor dinner at a seaside resort near Chennai, a friend stumbled and took a little fall –
She assured everyone that she was fine 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; Lakshmi (name changed) went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening.
Her husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital – (at 6:00 pm, Lakshmi passed away). She had suffered a stroke at the dinner- had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke perhaps Lakshmi would be alive 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 getting to the
patient within 3 hours, which is tough.
There is nothing more life saving than getting the patient to the hospital in the FIRST ONE HOUR! The Golden Hour it is now known as to Doctors and emergency attendants alike!
RECOGNIZING A STROKE
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:
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
emergency 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
Widespread use of this test could result in prompt diagnosis and treatment of the stroke and prevent brain damage.
A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this e-mail sends it to 10 people; you can bet that at least one life will be saved.
BE A FRIEND AND SHARE THIS ARTICLE WITH AS MANY FRIENDS AS POSSIBLE, and you could save their lives. 🙂