Friday, August 31, 2007

Stroke Prevention

You all know that one way to avoid a stroke is to make sure the cells, tissues, and organs of your body are properly alkalized and to get plenty of peaceful rest, relaxation and exercise.

But, you may be in the presence of a person one day who has just experienced a stroke which was not recognized. There are some things that you can do that can mean life or death.

These ideas have been circulating on the Internet and I have added a few clarifications and will send
it to you to send on to your family and friends.

If everyone can remember something this simple, we could save some folks.

So, please read this story and steps to take about STROKE IDENTIFICATION:

During a BBQ, Ingrid, a friend stumbled and took a little fall. She assured everyone that she was fine.
People offered to call the paramedics. She said that
she just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes.

So, 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 after the party.
At 6:00 p.m., several hours later, Ingrid died. She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ.

Had anyone there known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Ingrid would be with us today.
Some don't die. Some end up in a helpless, hopeless
condition instead.

Some neurologists say that if they can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours of the stroke, they can totally reverse the effects of a stroke.

Apparently the key is timing--getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medical cared for within 3 hours, which is tough.

RECOGNIZING A STROKE

The first three letters of "stroke" are STR.
Read and learn these three steps.

Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness can spell disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to
recognize the symptoms of a stroke.

It is possible for a bystander to recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:

S * Ask the individual to SMILE. (Is the smile crooked or on one side of the face.)

T * Ask the person to TALK or to SPEAK and repeat A SIMPLE SENTENCE (i.e. It is sunny out today.
See if they can do it.)

R * Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS at the same time.

NOTE: Another 'sign' of a stroke is this: Ask the person to 'stick' out their tongue. If the tongue is 'crooked' or if it goes to one side or the other, that is also a possible indication of a stroke.

If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call 911 immediately and describe the events and the symptoms to the dispatcher.

In love and Light,

Robert O. Young, Ph.D., D.Sc.

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