Early Warning of a
Menstuff® has compiled the following information on detecting
a stroke early.
Stroke - Know the symptoms, save a life!
Ischemic Stroke, or a blood clot forming within the brain is one of
the most devastating and difficult to diagnose of all emergency
health conditions. What people don't know is that identifying that a
person has had a stroke and getting that person medical attention
within 3 hours of the event can not only save their life, but has the
potential to dramatically reduce some or even all of the damage
caused by the stroke. There are new medications that are capable of
rapidly dissolving blood clots in the brain and restoring normal
circulation if the treatment is given within 3 hours or less of the
beginning of a stroke. This window of opportunity - the three hours
between stroke onset and brain tissue death - can make the difference
between a full recovery and becoming seriously disabled or even
dying. Most stroke victims are not diagnosed within this three-hour
window and as a result they face a lifetime of disability. By
learning the three simple steps below you can provide information to
911 Emergency Services that can make a life or death difference. All
you have to do is remember the following three
steps: If a person appears to be unwell or in need of
assistance but the problem is not immediately apparent, ask them to
do these three things: 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
- Ask the individual to smile.
- Ask him or her to raise both
- Ask the person to speak a simple
sentence - coherently. (i.e. It is sunny out today)
If they have trouble with any of these tasks, call 911 ( in the UK
999) 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
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.
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