How to identify a stroke before it’s too late.
How to identify a stroke – Please read this and pass it on to all of YOUR loved ones… it really could save some lives!
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…. but they end up in a helpless, hopeless condition.
A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse its effects. He said the trick was getting the symptoms recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough.
RECOGNIZING A STROKE
Sometimes the symptoms are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms in time .
Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking 4 simple questions:
S – Smile – See if the person can smile
T – Talk – See if the person can speak a simple sentence. (“It is sunny out today.”)
A – Arms – See if the person can raise both arms
T – Tongue – See if the person’s tongue falls to either side when they stick it out.
If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call 911 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.