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Strokes can happen at anyone and anytime but if treatment is received within 3 hours it is possible to make a full recovery. This means that the symptoms must be recognised, diagnosed and treated without delay and this can be the problem.

Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify as often a fall or stumble is attributed to new shoes, an uneven surface, or too much alcohol. Unfortunately, this lack of awareness spells disaster as the stroke victim may suffer brain damage if people nearby fail to recognise the symptoms.

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 getting to the patient within 3 hours, which is tough.

Sometimes symptoms of these strokes are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer 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:



Ask the individual to SMILE.


Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.


Ask the person to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently) (i.e. 'It is sunny out today'). 

If he or she has trouble with any of  these tasks, call the emergency services immediately and describe the symptoms.

Remembering these three simple questions could help save someone's quality of life, or even life itself.


This valuable information was contributed by Angela Davey and David Lubran



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.  

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Face. Ask the person to smile. A stroke can cause one side of the face to droop. Abrupt dimming of vision or a sudden, severe headache with no known cause are also warning signs.

Arms. Ask the person to raise both arms. If one arm drifts downward, that could signal a stroke, which can trigger weakness, numbness or paralysis of an arm or leg, particularly on one side of the body.

Speech. Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Stroke victims may slur their words, have trouble speaking or understanding speech, or not be able to talk at all.

Time. If the person has any of these symptoms, call emergency services. Stroke is a life-or-death emergency in which every minute counts.


Useful Tip

Two months ago I suffered a stroke and luckily got to the hospital before it did all that much damage. In my wallet I had a list of all medicines I take, the dosage and when I take them. I also had a business card in my wallet from each doctor I see and on the back the meds each doctor prescribed. Within minutes of arriving at the hospital, the treating doctors were notified and the delay was cut very short. I recovered quickly and back to the daily life as before.....just something to pass on......Joe







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