A neurologist states 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 getting to the patient
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 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 him or her to RAISE BOTH
3. Ask the person to SPEAK A
SIMPLE SENTENCE COHERENTLY (e.g.,. . . "It is sunny out today.")
If he or she has trouble with any
of these tasks, call 9-1-1 immediately and describe the
symptoms to the dispatcher.
After discovering that a group of
non-medical volunteers could identify facial weakness, arm weakness
and speech problems, researchers urged the general public to learn
the three questions. They presented their conclusions at
the American Stroke Association's annual meeting last February.
Widespread use of this test could result in prompt diagnosis and
treatment of the stroke, as well as prevent brain damage.
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. BE A FRIEND AND SHARE THIS
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