Stroke Signs

Reference, Snopes:

This one appears to be true but it certainly didn't help my mother. She got to the hospital and received treatment well within the 3 hour limit but she ended up severely incapacitated and died shortly after.

Forwarding this every time it comes around simply creates more Internet congestion. This may include important facts but it also bears the earmarks of others adding to it over the years (first collected 2004) and has become a collection of fact and fiction.

The original article was published 2/18/2003 but nowhere in the email is that fact or link published. Even then, "the results, though positive, arose from a very small study." Again, think about what happened with my mother.

You and anyone you are thinking of sending this on to would be better served by simply sending the snopes link referenced above.

[Added 20080823]

The original article links have been deleted from the American Heart website and replaced with information at HeartHub for Patients and Learn to Recognize a Stroke.

Stroke is a medical emergency. Know these warning signs of stroke and teach them to others. Every second counts:

Call 9-1-1 immediately if you experience symptoms! Time lost is brain lost!

The "sanitized" email I received is shown below:

STROKE: Remember The 1st Three Letters.... S.T.R.

My nurse friend sent this and encouraged me to post it and spread the word. I agree. If everyone can remember something this simple, we could save some folks.

During a BBQ, a friend stumbled and took a little fall - she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics) ... 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, 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 6:00 pm 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. Some don't die.... they end up in a helpless, hopeless condition instead.

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, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough.

Thank God for the sense to remember the "3" steps, STR . Read and Learn!

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:
S * 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 999/911 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.