how to recognise a stroke, and possibly save a person's life and abilities

@Modestah (11192)
United States
March 22, 2007 3:43pm CST
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 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: STROKE: Remember The 1st Three Steps S *Ask the individual to SMILE. T *Ask the person to TALK, to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE COHERENTLY: (It is sunny out today.) R *Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS. {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 9-1-1 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.
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@Tatsuya (1149)
• United States
23 Mar 07
Those are just the signs of someone who has had one. If you yourself get one, here are the signs. Numbness or weakness of face, arm, or leg. Dimness or loss of vision in one or both eyes. Confusion, trouble speaking, or understanding. Severe headache with no known cause. Trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination. You should be able to think correctly, but not be able to speak if your face is numb. I had what's called a mini-stroke when I was pregnant with my kids. It has the exact same symptoms as a stroke, but it just doesn't leave any permanant damage. Some people also suffer from migranes that shut off blood to the brain and they have similar symptoms. Just wanted to share what I knew.
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
23 Mar 07
Thank-you for this valuable information. Was what you suffered a TIA? (trans isthemic (sp) attack) my family does suffer migraines and you are right that some of these symptoms occur in varying severities.
@Tatsuya (1149)
• United States
24 Mar 07
Yes, they did call it a TIA or a mini-stroke for all of us who do not speak medical jargon. But yes, that is what it was.
@mari61960 (4895)
• United States
23 Mar 07
Great information, I learned it taking CPR and first aid. I think if more people knew about these symptoms more lives could be saved and problems associated with strokes reduced or eliminated. I hope this reaches many people. I think this information needs to be more widely publicized. Thanks for sharing it.
@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
23 Mar 07
I've never heard of these before but are great to know, am going to save this information to hopefully remember when needed.
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@aprilgrl (4460)
• United States
22 Mar 07
Thanks for sharing that. I had a stroke couple of years ago and I am doing much better now.
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