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Stroke!

STROKE IDENTIFICATION:
At a BBQ, Jane stumbled and fell - she assured everyone that she was fine and had simply tripped over a brick. They cleaned her up and gave her a fresh plate of food. She was a bit shaken, but enjoyed the rest of the evening. Jane’s husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital. She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ.
At 6:00 pm she passed away.
If they’d known how to identify the signs of a stroke, Jane may still be alive 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 he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke - the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed and the patient medically cared for within 3 hours.

RECOGNIZING A STROKE
Remember the ‘3’ steps, STR. Read and Learn!

Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. 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 - Say a simple sentence coherently (“It is sunny today”)
R *Ask them to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call 082 124 or 112 on your cellphone immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

New Sign of a Stroke – “Stick out you tongue”
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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