Thursday, February 01, 2007

Doc's Duty: A Medical Mini



STROKE IDENTIFICATION:
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


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:

S *Ask the individual to SMILE.

T *Ask the person to TALK .

to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently) (i.e. . . 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.

A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this e-mail sends it to 10 people; you can bet that at least one life will be saved.

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So what do you think, Doc? Is this good advice? Do you see much stroke on the battlefield?

And thanks to Aunt Linda Dale for passing it on!

2 comments:

Doc Duty said...

That is great advice for everyone to use, and good pictures too!! However, no I don't see much of this on the battlefield. Most of our troops are of the younger generation and while it CAN happen to them, the at-risk age for strokes doesn't begin until about age 45 or so.

De'on Miller said...

Thanks, Doc.