Stroke Recognition - Three things to check!

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by darude, Jan 30, 2006.

  1. darude

    darude New Member

    Stroke Recognition

    During a BBQ a friend stumbled and took a little fall - she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics) and 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, Ingrid went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening. Ingrid's husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital - (at 6:00pm, Ingrid passed away.) She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ
    - had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke perhaps Ingrid
    would be with us today.

    It only takes a minute to read this-

    A neurologist says that if h e 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 an getting to the patient within3 hours which is tough.

    Thank God for the sense to remember the "3" steps. Read and Learn!

    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 ARMS.

    3. Ask the person to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently) (I.e. . . 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 disp! atcher.

    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 and prevent brain damage.

  2. gnanny

    gnanny New Member

    It sounds so simple, I hope everyone reads this and can remember it...what is there about a fall that the first thing most people do is try to minimize it with ' I am fine' and the rationalize it with things just like the new shoes line? It seems like the natural thing to do to beleive them.

    Thanks for sharing !
  3. NWmama

    NWmama New Member

    Thank you for this vital information! It's such a simple assessment, and I wonder why it isn't common knowledge... I'm going to copy and paste it to my friends and family. Thanks again!
  4. pam_d

    pam_d New Member

    I had seen this before somewhere, but never printed it out. I think this is excellent---thanks for bringing it to our attention.

  5. darude

    darude New Member

    Really simple and could save a life!
  6. lurkernomore

    lurkernomore New Member

    I hope I am not the only one here who writes far too many symptoms off as the fibro. This info could really save a life and I am printing it off right now!
  7. darude

    darude New Member

    When I collapsed this is what they did at hospital. Also tested memory kept asking me the same questions. Name addy, phone number etc. luckily I passed them all.
  8. Sue50

    Sue50 New Member

    My sis called me one day telling me she was at my mom's because my mom was sick, she wanted me to come over and help her, when I got there I asked my mom a question and she couldn't get the words out right, we immediatley called 911 because I knew that she might be having a stroke, thank God we got her to the hospital in time. Darude, I'm so glad you posted this, everyone should know this info.
  9. darude

    darude New Member

    Yes my DH kept answering the questions too!!!! I was aware tho but wonderered why he kept asking the same stuff. finally I said "You already asked me that twice!!!!!!!!!! The doc laughed.

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