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, she went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening. Her husband called later telling everyone that she had been taken to the hospital--she had suffered a stroke at the BBQ, and at the hospital, she passed away.
Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps she would be with us today. A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke. But it's tough.
A bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions - the "3" steps, S-T-R.
* 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 his/her 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.
I never knew this. I have heard stories of people having strokes, and bystanders thinking they were just drunk. Jokes aside, it makes sense that the two appear similar.
Very good advice, methinks. Spread the word.