Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Look Out for Yourselves

Here's a little health hint for you and your loved ones. I hope you never need to put this information to use but at least you can keep this in the corner of your mind just in case...and p.s. pass the info on.

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.

RECOGNIZING A STROKE : Remember the '3' steps, STR .
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.


Sandra said...

Great advice Barb, something that everyone should know. Thanks for sharing.

girasoli said...

Good tips to remember!

Love the photo. I have 2 viewfinders in my class. My kids love them.

menehune said...

Thanks, B. It always helps to see this again. Love your photo selections. M

Autolycus said...

Interesting alternative - here in the UK they've been running a campaign on F.A.S.T - more or less the same sort of signs, just a different acronym:

nancyhol said...

Thank you Barb. This is good to know.

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