STROKE: Remember the 1st Three Letters.... S. T. R. +T

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  1. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    STROKE: Remember the 1st Three Letters.... S. T. R. +T (Thats not +P!)

    STROKE IDENTIFICATION:

    During a BBQ, a woman 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, Jane went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening

    Jane's husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital -
    (at 6:00 pm Jane passed away.) She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ. Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Jane 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...

    RECOGNIZING A STROKE

    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.

    Thank God for giving us the sense to remember the NEW '4' steps, STR+T. Read and Learn!

    Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking four simple questions:

    S *Ask the individual to SMILE.

    T *Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE Coherently. (i.e. It is sunny out today.)

    R *Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

    +T *Stick out Your Tongue. (If the tongue is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or the other, that can be 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.

    A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this diagnostic instruction shares it with 10 people; you can bet that at least one life will be saved. (Every tenth poster, you're welcome!)

    I have done my part. Will you?
     
  2. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Thanks Cane.
     

  3. Poink88

    Poink88 New Member

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    Thanks!

    Just to add that the main thing to look for is an uneven (left vs right side) expression on all of these.

    The smile, hand and tongue being the most obvious...but the speech which may actually be manifesting as part of the tongue problem can possibly be due to other things that got affected in the brain during the stroke.
     
  4. General_lee

    General_lee New Member

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    Thats easy to remember.
    Thanks, Cane!
     
  5. hnealg

    hnealg New Member

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    If only...

    This is great advice. I had a small stroke about 15 years ago, the only noticeable symptom was slurred speech. My speech is still affected. Stoke is forever!

    Proper diagnosis and care is vital. It's up to everyone to learn this and other simple test to recognize and address critical health matters (just as it is critical for us to know what to do with a bullet or knife wound!)
     
  6. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    Cane, I'm glad you are trying to help others with your information but you're starting to scare me slightly.....are you that old?
     
  7. hnealg

    hnealg New Member

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    Not that old

    I am past 60, but when I got sick I was still in my 40's. It goes to show you that stroke can happen at any age.
     
  8. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    I'm 9.














    In dog years.

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  9. KMO

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    2-Year Anniversary this Month

    In just a couple of weeks I will hit my 2-year anniversary since suffering my first stroke. I wish the emergency room doctor had read your list before I arrived there at the hospital. He was quite baffled by my condition because my strength was still good. People don't always lose their strength from a stroke. In my case, I had severe double vision, slurred speech, horrible balance, and extreme nausia. For some reason, this was not interpreted as a stroke initially. I was 49 at that time, and I have since suffered one more stroke. My case has baffled some of the world's top neurologists at Mayo Clinic and Barrow Neurological Institute, as they really cannot identify the reasons why these have occurred. God has been merciful, as I am able to function pretty well, all considered. My favorite therapy...target shooting. Even my doctor agrees that it is good hand-eye therapy. For some reason, though, my insurance won't cover the ammo...:cool:
     
  10. shadecorp

    shadecorp Active Member Supporter

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    Stroke

    Thanks for the post.
    I sent it along to everyone in the address book.
    I to suffered a small stroke a few years back.
    One of the symptoms,
    my left arm went numb and had the same feeling as when the blood pressure cuff is first inflated.
    Went to the E.R. and spent the night.

    And as my Father died from a stroke,

    can't be too carefull
     
  11. Uchahi

    Uchahi New Member

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    Excellent post.
     
  12. ALSGUN

    ALSGUN New Member

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    Thanks for sharing, important info and easy to remember.
     
  13. Davyboy

    Davyboy New Member

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    Nice one Cane

    We have had these adds running over here for several years and it must have saved thousands of lives. Do you not run this type of add in USA

    Stroke - Act F.A.S.T.
     
  14. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    Davy, you must understand the fundamentals of US Health Care.

    There is NO MONEY in health.

    Only the treatment of disease and issuance of scripts (for kick-backs) pay for the Mercedes.
     
  15. ET1

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