Stroke Identification

Someone passed me this story:

During a BBQ, a friend stumbled and took a little fall.

she assured everyone that she was fine, when 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, she went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening.

Her husband called later, telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital.

At 6:00 p.m. she passed away.

She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ.

Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps she would be alive today.

A neurologist said that if he could get to a stroke victim within 3 hours, he could totally reverse the effects of a stroke.

He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours.

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:

(1) Ask the individual to smile.
(2) Ask the person to talk and speak a simple sentence coherently.
(3) Ask him or her to raise both arms.

If he or she has trouble with any one of these tasks, call emergency number immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

Another sign of a stroke is this: Ask the person to stick out his or her tongue.

If the tongue is crooked, if it goes to one side or the other, that is also an indication of a stroke.


rumer said...

what was described were some simple tests if the cranial nerves are still functioning, hence, giving a clue as to the location and severity of the stroke. but they are good measures. thanks!