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Blood Clots and Stroke

During a BBQ, a woman stumbled and took a little fall - she assured  everyone that she was fine. They offered to call  paramedics but she said 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, Jane went about enjoying herself the rest of the  evening.  Jane's husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital - at 6pm Jane passed away.  She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ.

Had they known how to identify the  signs of a stroke, perhaps Jane would be with us today.

Neurologists say that if they can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours they can totally reverse the effects of a stroke ... totally. They say the trick is getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is  tough.

Recognizing A Stroke
Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately,  the lack of awareness spells disaster. The  stroke victim may suffer severe 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

T  -  Ask  the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE  Coherently 
(i.e. It is sunny out today.) 

R  -  Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH  ARMS

If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call 000 immediately  and describe the symptoms to the  dispatcher.

Another Sign of a Stroke - Stick out Your  Tongue
Another 'sign' of a stroke is a crooked tongue.   Ask the  person to 'stick' out his/her tongue. If the tongue  is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or the  other, that may also be an indication of a stroke.