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Detecting Signs of a Stroke
« on: October 14, 2006, 10:28:10 PM »
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Learn to recognize a stroke, because time lost is brain lost.

By knowing the warning signs and risk factors for stroke, you can help yourself or a loved one reduce the risk of having a stroke and suffering severe disability or death.

Stroke is a medical emergency. Know these warning signs of stroke and teach them to others. Every second counts:
The symptoms of stroke are distinct because they happen quickly:

    * Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
    * Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speach
    * Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
    * Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
    * Sudden, severe headache with no known cause

Call 9-1-1 immediately if you experience symptoms!
Time lost is brain lost!

Stroke is a medical emergency. Every minute counts when someone is having a stroke. The longer blood flow is cut off to the brain, the greater the damage. Immediate treatment can save people's lives and enhance their chances for successful recovery. Treatment in less than 3 hours is vital.

STROKE:  Remember The 1st 4 Letters...S.T.R.O. (Smile, Talk, Raise, Out tongue)


     Remember the "4" steps, STRO . 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  by  SPEAKING A SIMPLE  SENTENCE
                   (Coherently)  (i.e. . . It is sunny out today)
     R  *        Ask  him or her to RAISE  BOTH ARMS.
     O  *       Oral (of the mouth) - Ask - STICK 0UT YOUR TONGUE.

   *NOTE: Another 'sign' of a stroke is this:  Ask  the person to 'stick' out their tongue If the  tongue is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or the other, that is also an indication of a stroke.   
If  he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of  these tasks, call 911 immediately !! and describe the
symptoms to  the dispatcher

Trouble Walking
Weakness on one side
Trouble seeing (one or both eyes)
Trouble speaking
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