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Tuesday, 28 August 2007
I received this as an email today from an old friend. Thanks Steve! I've trimmed it down, this is the guts of what you need to know:

RECOGNIZING A STROKE

There are the 3 steps, S T R !

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 to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (coherently e.g. "It is sunny out today")
R * Ask them to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

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

If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call Emergency immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher. A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this e-mail sends it to 10 people; you can bet that at least one life will be saved.

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