Remember the 1st Three Letters.....
S T. R.
During a BBQ, a woman 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, Jane went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening.
Jane's husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to
the hospital - (at 6:00 PM Jane passed away.) She had suffered a stroke at
the BBQ. Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Jane
would be with us today. Some don't die. They end up in a helpless, hopeless
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.
Recognizing a Stroke
Thank God for the sense to remember the '3' steps, STR. Read and Learn!
Sometimes symptom s 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
Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke
*Ask the individual to SMILE.
T *Ask the person to TALK and
SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently)
(I.e. It is sunny out today.)
*Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH
If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call emergency
number immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.
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
is also an indication of a stroke.
A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this and sends it to 10 people;
you can bet that at least one life will be saved.