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Recognizing Stroke and What Can Be Done


A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours, he can 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.

In RECOGNIZING A STROKE,  remember the first 4 letters, ‘STRO’. 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 four 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.

O * Ask  the person to STICK ‘OUT’ HIS TONGUE.. If the tongue is ‘crooked’ or if it goes to one side or  the other,  that is  also an indication of a stroke.

NOTE: If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call 000 (or the  corresponding number in your country for rescue and emergency) immediately and describe the  symptoms  to the dispatcher.

SELF CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation)

Since many people are alone when they suffer a heart attack, this article seemed to be in order. Without help, the person whose heart is beating improperly and who begins to feel faint has only about 10 seconds left before losing consciousness.

However, these victims can help themselves by coughing repeatedly and very vigorously.

A deep breath should be taken before each cough, and the cough must be deep and prolonged, as when producing sputum from deep inside the chest.

A breath and a cough must be repeated about every two seconds without let up until help arrives, or until the heart is felt to be beating normally again.

Deep breaths get oxygen into the lungs and coughing movements squeeze the heart and keep the blood circulating. The squeezing pressure on the heart also helps it regain normal rhythm. In this way, heart attack victims can get to a hospital.

From Health Cares, Rochester General Hospital via Chapter 240s newsletter “AND THE BEAT GOES ON (reprint from The Mended Hearts, Inc. publication, Heart Response