Wednesday, 4 February 2009


A friend sent this and encouraged me to email it to my friends. Instead I deceided to post it. If everyone can remember something this simple, we could save some folks.


It only takes a minute to read this...

During a BBQ, a friend 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, Ingrid went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening Ingrid's husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital - (at 6:00 pm Ingrid passed away.) She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ. Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Ingrid would be with us today. Some don't die. they end up in a helpless, hopeless condition instead.

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.


Remember the '3' steps, STRoke and there's a now one - the Tongue . 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 and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently)
(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 operator/dispatcher.

There is now a 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.

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.
I have done my part. Have you?


  1. This is absolutely a great post of awareness, John. I'm going to copy it and send it through email. On both sides of my family, there is history of strokes. I've often wondered myself about to know, what can identify it. I have poor circulation and my mind wanders with thoughts of this now and then. My dad's father died of a heart attack at a young age...somewhere between 55-60 yrs. of age.

    Thank you. This was worth circulating here for sure.

    ♥ Heather

  2. Great information. Although if someone stumbled, I'm not sure I would have given it a second thought. I may take a closer look now. Thanks!

  3. Thanks for this great public service. I will copy and e-mail this.


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