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This was sent to me from my friend Steve.


During a BBQ, a friend stumbled and took a little fall - she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics) and that 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. They end up in a helpless, hopeless condition instead.


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 then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough.



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 by stander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:


S * Ask the individual to SMILE .


(If the smile is lopsided, a stroke is likely to have occurred.)



T * Ask the person to TALK to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE

(Coherently) (i.e. It is sunny out today)


( If the speech is slurred, a stroke is likely to have occurred.)



R * Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

(If he or she cannot raise one arm, a stroke is likely to have occurred.)


*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 911 immediately !! and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.


A cardiologist says if everyone who passes this message on to 10 people; you can bet that at least one life will be saved.

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