Can Early Stroke Identification Make a Difference?

I write an ezine that helps educate people on how to slow down the aging process. My work brings numerous emails and information to my computer that is critically important to our wellbeing. The information I'm about to share with you arrived by email and it is so very important that I felt it deserved its own article. As we age our risk for experiencing one of the big three (heart attack, stroke, or cancer) increases depending upon our genetic and lifestyle choices. This article deals with recognizing a stroke so that you can take quick action to counter its effects. It is amazing how modern medicine has progressed in helping people recover from the effects of a stroke if treated within a short period of time.

A Story – It Could Be You or It Could Be a Loved One!

During a BBQ, a friend stumbled and took a little fall. She ensured everyone that she was fine. People offered to call the paramedics but she declined. She told everyone that she had just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes. After getting cleaned up, she got a new plate of food. While she appeared a bit shaken, Ingrid went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening. Ingrid's husband called later to tell everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital. At 6 pm Ingrid passed away. She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ. Had the people at the party known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Ingrid would still be with us today. Some do not die. Instead, some end up in a helpless and hopeless condition.

How Do You Recognize a Stroke? Remember The Big "3"!

S – T – R!

This section only takes a minute to read but if everyone can remember something this simple, we could save some folks.

o S – SMILE! Ask the individual to smile.

o T – TALK! Ask the person to talk or speak a simple sentence coherently. (ie It is sunny out today.)

o R – RAISE! Ask the person to raise both arms together.

A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can significantly reverse the effects of a stroke. He said the trick is getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours.

What Are The First 3 Letters In STROKE? STR

What Do They Represent? SMILE, TALK, RAISE!

A cardiologist says that if everyone who reads this article would pass it on to 10 people, you can bet that at least one life will be saved. So, I pass this one to you and would ask that you pass this on to ten others. SMILE, TALK, RAISE or STR is a simple way to help determine if a person has suffered a stroke and needs immediate medical attention.

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