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Old 01-15-2010, 08:22 AM
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Got this in an email. This is an important subject to me because my Mom is a stroke survivor. If I would have known the contents of this email her life would be totally different right now. So please read this:

Blood clots and stroke.


Blood Clots/Stroke - They Now Have a Fourth Indicator, the Tongue

I will continue to forward this every time it comes around!

STROKE: Remember the 1st Three Letters.... S. T. R.

STROKE IDENTIFICATION:

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 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...

RECOGNIZING A STROKE

Thank God for the sense 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 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 emergency number immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

New 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 other, that is also an indication of a stroke.

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

I have done my part. Will you?
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Old 01-15-2010, 01:40 PM
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Thanks so much for posting this - it's so true, we need to be able to detect a stroke when it happens. Some people don't know for weeks if their symptoms are slight enough. I'm actually working with the Ad Council on a new website that has a bunch of PSAs about Stroke Awareness.

http://my.adcouncil.org/stroke/

They make it real - and hopefully they'll make all of us ready.

Take care!
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Old 01-15-2010, 03:06 PM
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Thanks Jim
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Old 01-15-2010, 03:34 PM
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Strokes are the big killer in my family. They are usually detected by the victim assuming room temperature.
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Old 01-15-2010, 04:20 PM
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Wow, I wish I had seen this a year ago. Last June, my Dad suffered a stroke and because none of us had seen the immediate after effects, we did not know what we were dealing with. He had a second stroke 5 days later. He survived and with minimal physical impact but a good bit of memory loss and difficulty processing information. Good stuff, thanks for posting!
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Old 01-16-2010, 10:12 AM
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interesting, thanks.
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Old 01-16-2010, 10:27 AM
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Great reminder!

One other thing to add is a lesser known "test", but usually an accurate one along the same lines of the smile (and should be used along with the smile test).

Have the person close their mouth tightly (pressuring both lips to close). It should be evenly closed. If not, have the person try again. If it is crooked or open-gapped (possible facial paralysis), follow the above emergency advice.

Of course, all stroke victims might show different symptoms.

When my grandfather had his stroke, he called me and said that while he was playing tug of war with his dog, his arm went numb. He sounded totally fine and coherent over the phone. When I got there he looked and sounded normal, but had trouble manipulating his arm. Even at the ER, they questioned it being a stroke (they thought he pulled something while playing with the dog). Thankfully, they ended up doing a CAT scan (or MRI, I don't recall) and discovered the stroke (but after the three hour window). He fully recovered three months later and lived another two years after that (on his own) until he passed away of an unrelated illness at 85.

He was a tough man... (WWII Marine and Korean War veteran as well as great father to me)
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Old 01-16-2010, 11:22 AM
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My father has had 2 strokes now at the age of 63. His first was when he was sleeping, his cat was outside that night and woke him up pounding on the front storm door- a true miracle. When he awoke he took aspirin and woke my mother. He fully recovered in 6 months but had a tough time speaking and trouble with his right side- but again, fully recovered.

His last stroke a year ago pushed him into retirement. He has trouble with his leg, but is otherwise fine.

During his second stroke he went to the ER and they sent him home!!!!!!!!!!! The next day he went to his doctor who called an ambulance to bring him back to the hospital. I do not know why he doesn't sue the hospital for their negligence.
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Old 01-17-2010, 07:41 AM
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"Time lost is brain lost" when it comes to stroke treatment. The problem with the original email, is that it doesn't make it clear what to look for. "If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks" does not tell the average person what "trouble" is, and that symetry is what they should be looking for.
My dad was the first man in his family tree to live past 60, because of strokes and high blood pressure. I'll be 61 in another week, and have a few male cousins who have made it as well.
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