Recognizing Stroke Symptoms

@gifana (4836)
April 13, 2007 8:19pm CST
I was cleaning out some of my old floppy disks and I ran across a copy of an e-mail that I received two or three years ago and I thought it be nice to pass it along to you. I realize that it isn't really a topic for discussion but I feel that most of you won't mind reading this short message and passing it on to family and friends. It is a simple technique. RECOGNIZING STROKE SYMPTOMS Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer 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 quick questions..... *Can you smile? *Can you raise both arms? *Can you speak a simple sentence? If he or she has trouble with any of these tasks, call 911 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher. After discovering that a group of non-medical volunteers could identify facial weakness, arm weakness and speech problems, researchers urged the general public to learn the three questions. They presented their conclusions at the American Stroke Association's annual meeting. Widespread use of this test could result in prompt diagnosis and treatment of the stroke and prevent brain damage. A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this message sends it to 10 people, you can bet that at least one life will be saved. Tell as many people as possible about this. It could save their lives! (End of Message) I have now passed this on to (I hope) more than 10 people (again) so I have done my part. The rest is up to all of you.
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