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FACTS information about having a stroke, and simple tests to have the victim perform to test for identifying early stroke symptoms.

AM I HAVING A STROKE?

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During a BBQ, an elderly friend of mine stumbled and took a little fall. She assured everyone that she was fine and declined any medical attention. She said she had just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes.

They got her cleaned up and a gave her a new plate of food. While she appeared a bit shaken up, she went about enjoying herself the rest of the luncheon.

Her husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital — she passed away later that evening because of the stroke she had suffered at the BBQ.

Had anyone there known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps my friend would still be with us today.

A neurologist said that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke. The neurologist said the trick was getting a stroke diagnosed early, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough.

RECOGNIZING SYMPTOMS OF A STROKE

Thank God for the sense to remember the three easy 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.

Medical doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke symptoms by asking three simple questions:

  1. "S" Ask the individual to SMILE.
  2. "T" Ask the person to TALK & SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE.
  3. "R" Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

If the stroke victim has trouble with any one of these three tasks, call 999 or 911 immediately for medical assistance and describe the symptoms to the emergency dispatcher.

Test for Stroke Symptoms: Stick out Your Tongue

Another sign of a stroke is to ask the person to stick out his tongue. If the tongue is crooked — if the tongue goes to one side or the other — that is also an indication of a possible stroke.

A cardiologist said if everyone who gets this e-mail sends it to 10 people; you can bet that at least one life will be saved.

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