[SERIOUS] Recognizing a Stroke

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Member Since: Feb 07, 2005

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

If everyone can remember something this simple, we could save some folks. Seriously...

Please read:


During a BBQ, a friend 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, 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 6:00 pm 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. 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.

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) (e.g. "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 999/911 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.

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Prince CZAR-ming
Since: Apr 08, 2004

Jan 10, 2008 12:17 pm

Thanks BH, great to have a heads up on things like this.

Ne'er ate 'er
Since: Apr 05, 2006

Jan 10, 2008 12:18 pm

Good info, BH. I've been hip to this for a while, due to the vast amount of medical educational material that I'm exposed to on my job.

Thanks for passing it along.

Since: Feb 07, 2005

Jan 10, 2008 12:34 pm

Around this time 2 years ago we lost a fellow hockey player to a heart attack (after a game). (not a stroke, but still). Like CPR, it only takes a bit of knowledge to save lives. Most of us are in our middle ages now and the chance of something like this happening, of course, increases with age.

We learnt from our experience and implemented the following as a result:

Dressing room number, address and emergency phone number are posted in every dressing room. While our friend was experiencing a heart attack, people were scrambling to find out the address of the rink. Once paramedics arrived, they didn't know which dressing room he was in.

Every team is now required to have at least one person trained in first aid.

Information packets have been circulated to all players explaining how to recognise a stroke/heart attack, similar to what I posted above.

Thanks for reading this post!

Head Knocker
Since: May 20, 2007

Jan 10, 2008 11:23 pm

Great info BH. I learn something new here everyday

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Jan 12, 2008 12:31 am

Yep, if more people took the time to learn the simple things.

I am a trained first responder, trained free through my work. I have been for about 5 years now. It comes in handy with the scouting stuff as well, since we need a trained adult on high adventure treks and the like.

But indeed, taking the time to learn even the simple things can really save a life sometimes.

Thanx for the reminder BH, good stuff.

Eat Spam before it eats YOU!!!
Since: May 11, 2002

Jan 12, 2008 12:49 am

and the associated snopes page just so folks don't have to go looking...

Ne'er ate 'er
Since: Apr 05, 2006

Jan 12, 2008 12:56 am

Aonthre smyptom: tmeproary dsylxeia.

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