Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Health trip - Stroke Identification

I thought I should share this email forward that I got recently, very useful tip and will help save lives.....
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 . 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 individual to SMILE.
T Ask the person to TALK . to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE
(Coherently) (i.e. . . It is sunny out today)
R *Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.
{NOTE: Another 'sign' of a stroke is this: Ask the person to 'stick' out their tongue... if the tongue is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or the other that is also an indication of a stroke}
If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call for assistance immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.


pappupager said...

Hey Girish, that's a great tip. I'll keep these simple rules in mind. As a matter of fact, I did come across once when one of my relative suffered a stroke in front of me and his face and tongue was exactly the way it's described in your blog.

Girish said...

Thanks Pappupager. Instead of forwarding this, I thought it would be better to give it a permanent place on my blog. Some simple things could help save lives!