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PeterSibley
10-15-2006, 04:32 PM
STROKE: Remember The 1st Three Letters...S.T.R.

A friend sent this to me and encouraged me to post it and spread the word. I agree. If everyone can remember something this simple, we could save some folks.


Seriously.. Please read:


STROKE IDENTIFICATION:
During a BBQ, a friend stumbled and took a little fall - she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics) and that 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.
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 911 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

S/V Laura Ellen
10-15-2006, 04:38 PM
good post Peter!

Phillip Allen
10-15-2006, 04:44 PM
I have twice recognized stroke in two relatives...don't know what I saw but got suspicious then moved to the ER

Milo Christensen
10-15-2006, 05:18 PM
Peter: A good set of simple, easy to remember symptoms. But I wonder if the woman "Ingrid" used as the example showed any of these symptoms?

pcford
10-15-2006, 05:40 PM
Thanks. I've told this story, but it bears repeating.

A friend had a friend choke on a piece of meat while they were on a little trip about 4 miles from downtown Seattle. Took paramedics half an hour to get to her and she was gone.

We you are out in a boat you have to assume you are on your own.

Next month, our ACBS chapter meeting is going to have an Emergency Medical Tech in for demonstrations.

paladin
10-15-2006, 08:52 PM
CPR is a requirement for scuba certification......but I went a bit further, and all folks that worked for me overseas and in the U.S. were required to attend the basic EMS tech courses at the local military base....and they did it on my time....and retook it each year...

The Bigfella
10-15-2006, 09:18 PM
I got the stroike email a while back and sent it on to someone in a hospital for comment:



Not all strokes are identifiable initially. The can be like heart attacks.
Mind don't trip.
A number of strokes can resolve without leaving any residual effect at all - known as TIA's (transient ischaemic attacks). Not a lot is known from this email about the pt like precipitating factors such as blood pressure, cholesterol, other medical history.
Be assured when you are having a stroke the 3 steps below will not stop the stroke only recognise some of the symptoms. There is not treatment for a stroke.
Rather depressing thought. Some symptoms of a stroke don't always fit the picture outlined below with weakness etc. Numbness of one side of face and some fingers - personal experience.
Cheer up, we are still breathing and talking.

geeman
10-15-2006, 11:53 PM
Thats true.I had a stroke a cple of years ago.I didnt show any of the symptoms mentioned.I was aware of what was happening and knew I was having a stroke.My right hand and leg went numb.That was about an hour AFTER I had experienced a severe headache on the LEFT side.Headache came , and went in about 30 seconds, because of the short time I ignored the headache.It was later when I realized my right side was numb that I figured out it was a stroke.I still dont have all the strength back in my right arm and hand.My right leg tends to want to drag sometimes when I'm tired.Right arm and leg always feel "weaker' then the left side.But I'm alive!!!!!!

donald branscom
10-16-2006, 12:14 AM
[QUOTE=PeterSibley]STROKE: Remember The 1st Three Letters...S.T.R.

A friend sent this to me and encouraged me to post it and spread the word. I agree. If everyone can remember something this simple, we could save some folks.


Seriously.. Please read:


STROKE IDENTIFICATION:
During a BBQ, a friend stumbled and took a little fall - she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics) and that 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.
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........ [QUOTE]

ASPIRIN ****** Take aspirin immediately it helps mitigate any damage. Then off to the hospital.

The Bigfella
10-16-2006, 12:16 AM
except that I'm allergic to aspirin

Meerkat
10-16-2006, 12:47 AM
Aspirin is an excellent idea, especially if there's a delay in getting the victim to the hospital. Alternately, any blood thinner can help. (There's a spice - I'm wracking my brain to remember it - that's a really good choice. Ah, I think maybe it's cumin - it's the basis for at least one prescription blood thinner.)