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Stroke Symptoms

My father had a stroke several years ago. He's doing fine now but I wish I'd known about this back then.

"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:

*Ask the individual to smile.

*Ask him or her to raise both arms.

*Ask the person to speak a simple sentence.

If he or she has trouble with any of these tasks, call 9-1-1 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.

Share this with others. It could save lives."

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vwip
Jan. 5th, 2005 01:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks for that - my grandpa (my mum's mum) has had a series of strokes in recent years, but is still doing okay (now that he's recovering from a broken hip...), and my mum's mum died of a stroke (so I presume it's something I should be watching out for with my mum).

(Your post showed up in friendsfriends (courtesy of seamusd i presume) - i've added you straight off to give you a chance to check out my journal as it's all f-only.)
silverdee
Jan. 5th, 2005 01:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks for adding me. I've added you back.
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