How to fight a Stroke

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A dear friend of mine just had a mild stroke about two weeks ago. She had driven to the garage to have her car worked on. She tried to talk to the mechanic and she could not speak. She did not know anything was wrong until this happened. They took her right to the hospital and she has since made a full recovery.

Sometimes symptoms of a stroke 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:

1. Ask the individual to smile.

2. Ask him or her to raise both arms.

3. Ask the person to speak a simple sentence. Or ask the person to 'stick' out his/her tongue...if their tongue is NOT 'straight' but goes off to one side that is another indication of a stroke.

If he or she has trouble with any of these tasks, call hospital immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher. After discovering that a group of non-medical volunteers could identify facial weakness, arm weakness and speech problems, researchers urged the general public to learn the three questions.

They presented their conclusions at the American Stroke Association's annual meeting last February. Widespread use of this test could result in prompt diagnosis and treatment of the stroke and prevent brain damage.

A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this message sends it to 10 people, you can bet that at least one life will be saved. Tell as many people as possible about this. It could be a means to save their lives!  


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