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Signs of Stroke

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Monica Palmer, Safety Administrator

Recognizing a Stroke


  It has been 4 years since I have used an article on strokes, so it must be time for a reminder on this critical topic.  The article was originally sent to me by Marty Forman.  Thank you again, Marty.

    Stroke has a New Indicator - THIS IS A GREAT THING TO KNOW ABOUT......1ST 3 HOURS IS SO IMPORTANT!!!!!!!! -

    Stroke has a new indicator They say if you email this to ten people, you stand a chance of saving one life. Will you send this along?  Blood Clots/Stroke - They Now Have a Fourth Indicator, the Tongue  

I will continue to forward this every time it comes around!

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


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 afternoon.

Jane's husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital - (at 8:00 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.


Thank God for the sense to remember the '3' steps, STR . Read  and


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 and SPEAK A


(I.e. It is sunny  out today.)

R *Ask him or her to  RAISE BOTH ARMS.

If he or she has  trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call  emergency number immediately and describe  the symptoms to the dispatcher.

New  Sign of a Stroke -------- Stick out Your  Tongue

NOTE: Another 'sign' of a  stroke is this: Ask the person to 'stick' out  his tongue. If the tongue is

'crooked', if it goes to one side or the other that is also an indication of a stroke.