If everyone just remembered something this simple, we could save some lives. Seriously!
During a BBQ, a lady 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, 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 10:00 pm 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 still be with us today. Some don't die.... they end up in a helpless, hopeless condition instead.
A neurologist says that if he see 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. 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.
Thank God for the sense to remember the "3" steps, S. T. R. Read and Learn!
A bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:
S * Ask the individual to SMILE.
T * Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently i.e. It is sunny out today)
R * Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.
If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call 911 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.
NOTE: A new 'sign' of a stroke is this: Ask the person to 'stick' out their tongue. If the tongue is 'crooked', or if it goes to one side or the other, that is also an indication of a stroke.
If everyone who reads this tells just 10 more people, you can bet that at least one life will be saved.