A sad story has been making its way around the internet recently involving a woman who attended a BBQ, suffered a stroke unknowingly and then passed away later that night. The woman, who we will call Jane, suffered a tiny fall at a BBQ. Those around her wanted to call paramedics so she could be taken to the hospital and evaluated. Jane said her fall occurred because of her new shoes. Later that night Jane’s husband called the host of the BBQ to tell him that Jane was hospitalized and then passed away at 6 p.m. Doctors said that Jane suffered a stroke. Jane might still be alive today if those around her knew she suffered a stroke.
An unidentified neurologist claims that if a stroke victim is brought to him within three hours of the stroke he can completely reverse the effects of it. The doctor says the trick is recognizing the stroke and then get the victim medical care as soon as possible. It can be difficult to recognize the symptoms of a stroke because they might not be as visible as other disease’s symptoms.
A bystander of a stroke victim should follow the STR steps when trying to identify a stroke. The S is to have the victim smile. The T is to have the person talk and to say an easy sentence. The R is to ask the victim to raise both arms over their head. Should the victim struggle with any of these things then he or she might have suffered a stroke.
There is a brand new sign to identify if a person has suffered a stroke. That new sign is to view their tongue. Have the victim stick out his or her tongue. If the tongue falls to one side of the mouth and does not stick straight out, this is a major sign of a stroke. Be sure you familiarize yourself with these signs so you can help to save a friend or loved one from a stroke.