The faster you recognize the signs of a stroke the greater your ability to save a life and lessen the damage from a stroke.
Learning the information in this article will help you recognize a stroke so that you can take quick action to counter its effect. If properly treated within a short period of time, it’s amazing how modern medicine has progressed in helping people recover from the effects of a stroke. The key is STR and getting treatment within 3 hours.
Two Stories – Two Different Outcomes!
Story #1: During a BBQ, a friend stumbled and took a little fall. She assured everyone that she was fine. People offered to call the paramedics but she declined. She told everyone that she had just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes. After getting cleaned up, she got a new plate of food. While she appeared a bit shaken, Ingrid went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening. Ingrid’s husband called later to tell everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital. At 6 pm Ingrid passed away. She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ. Had the people at the party known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Ingrid would still be with us today.
Story #2: This story comes from the Associated Press and tells how two Cincinnati women are grateful to their fast acting beauticians. One stylist noticed that a woman’s speech had become slurred during the appointment so she called 911. Another woman called her hairdresser several weeks after having been to the salon. She described the symptoms she was having. According to Dr. Dawn Kleindorfer, a University of Cincinnati neurologist, “The beautician recognized it as signs of a stroke, called 911, walked to the woman’s apartment and waited with her until an ambulance arrived.” Both women survived their strokes.
How Do You Recognize The Signs of a Stroke?
Learning these symptoms and knowing what to do when they occur could save your life or the life of someone else. These are the most common signs of a stroke or stroke symptoms:
If you have or see anyone who has these symptoms, then call 911 immediately. Time is critical in decreasing the effects of a stroke.
Taking the time to learn and remember these 3 simple steps could save a person’s life:
If they fail any one of these 3 simple steps, then call 911.
A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can significantly reverse the effects of a stroke. That’s because of a clot-busting medicine called tPA. It must be given within three hours of the start of symptoms for it to do any good. Unfortunately, fewer than 5% of stroke sufferers wind up getting this medicine.
What Are The First 3 Letters In STROKE?
What Do They Represent?
SMILE, TALK, RAISE!
A cardiologist says that if everyone who reads this article would pass it on to 10 people you can bet that at least one life will be saved. I’ve passed this one to you and would ask that you pass this on to ten others.
To help you do this I have designed a special STR Poster. Just click on “Stroke Warning Sign – The STR Poster!” download and print it off. Share it with family, friends, and neighbors. Ask your barber, hair stylist, and local merchant to display it in a prominent place. Help educate your community on the signs of a stroke.
Remember, SMILE, TALK, RAISE or S–T–R is a simple way to help determine if a person has suffered a stroke and needs immediate medical attention. Once the stroke symptoms occur the clock starts ticking. Your quick response could be the difference between life or death, permanent disability or significant recovery.
Until next time, may we both age youthfully!
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