How to ID a Stroke Victim

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  1. Maybe a medic can confirm if this is true?

    If so - definitely worth knowing I think.

    During a BBQ a friend stumbled and took a little fall - she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics) and 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 6:00pm, 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. 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 an getting to the patient within 3 hours which is tough. Thank God for the sense to
    remember the "3" steps. Read and Learn!

    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 (Coherently)
    (i.e...It is sunny out today)

    If he or she has trouble with any of these tasks, call paramedics 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.
     
  2. While getting someone to hospitial who has had a stroke is important .I doubt that anyone who had had a stroke could continue to enjoy a barbecue?Classic symptoms are slurring speech,One sided facial weakness,paralysis or weakness on one side .
    I think the ability to reverse all symptoms within 3 hrs is a bit over optmistic ,but, certainly the correct treatment administered in time could save life and prevent disability .
    Nothing else you can do on the spot except get them to hospitial as fast as possible .
     
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  3. Waiting for a call tomorrow about my big sis after she had a stroke today.CT scan says there's nobody home so I think I know what to expect.
     
  4. A buckshee telly and one less birthday card this year?
     
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  5. Don't give up hope. My neighbour had a stroke and was out of it for ten days. Apart from a crooked smile and a teary eye, no great after effects. Hope all pans out well.
     
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  6. More than likely
     
  7. I had a series of strokes caused by a hole in my heart. Give away signs were my right arm becoming lazy, slurred speech and my face "seized". My wife called 999 and after closing my heart hole I am now OK.
    It is all about recognising the symptoms and calling for help. If in doubt call 999

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  8. Hope not. Chin up and all that.
     
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  9. She was on a flight to Malta when it happened and was diverted to Stanstead so have no idea as to time elapsed from onset.
     
  10. Offendi

    Offendi On ROPs

    That was on a load of TV ads recently. Can't remember if I saw them here or in ROI.
     


  11. Scary. Ironically many victims bypass these signs and carry on posting on arrse
     
  12. Don't forget that the signs and symptoms may not be obvious and not all strokes are the classic face, arms etc.

    Mini strokes can leave a person slightly confused, sometime they stumble over their words, sometimes they may very slightly slur their speech or maybe develop a slight lisp. It may only be pins and needles in the hands and feet.

    My father had a mini stroke (TIA) a few years back and that left him with a very slight speech impediment. If you did not know him you would never tell. It was only my mum who noticed it but my dad just said it was old age creeping up on him so did not bother with the docs. It as only a CT scan when he was diagnosed with Cancer that they picked it up, a good 3-4 years after.
     
  13. Strokes are not "Light on/Light off" - They can range from very mild to dead...... Also depending on where in the brain the damage is caused results in the obvious signs and symptoms apparent in the patient during recovery. So crash test there are numerous steps to go through yet - best of luck for your sister