Monday, January 24, 2005

Test For Stroke!

This comes courtesy of Rachel Layne. Although a bit off the beaten track from what I usually post here, having a parent who is an ongoing stroke-recovery patient has raised in my mind the seriousness of the possibility of stroke, of the importance of stroke prevention and recognition of the symptoms of stroke. I pass this along in that spirit.

Subject: Test for Stroke!

Identifying a Stroke FYI

The SAS test

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Symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness can spell disaster. The stroke victim may suffer 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.

*Ask him or her to raise both arms.

*Ask the person to speak a simple sentence.

If he or she has trouble with any of these tasks, call 9-1-1 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher. After discovering that a group of non-medical volunteers could identify facial weakness, arm weakness and speech problems, researchers urged the general public to learn the three questions. They presented their conclusions at the American Stroke Association's annual meeting last February. Widespread use of this test could result in a prompt diagnosis and treatment of the stroke and prevent possible brain damage.

A cardiologist stated that if everyone who gets this e-mail sends it to 10 people, you can bet at least one life will be saved. Tell as many people as possible about this. It could save their lives!

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