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



    My friend sent this to me and encouraged me to post it and spread the word. I agreed. If everyone can remember something this simple, we could save some folks. Seriously Please read:


    STROKE IDENTIFICATION:



    During a BBQ, a friend stumbled and took a little fall - she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics) and 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 6:00pm , 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.




    RECOGNIZING A STROKE



    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 to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE(Coherently) (i.e. It is sunny out today)


    R * Ask him or her 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 otherthat is also an indication of a stroke. If he or she has trouble withANY ONE of these tasks, call 911 immediately !! and describe thesymptoms to the dispatcher.
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    Good information. My sister-in-law, who was in her 20's at the time, suffered a stroke in the hospital after surgery to relieve brain pressure caused from severe head trauma. I won't go into details about the cause of the trauma, but it was not from an accident.

    Even though she had sever brain swelling, it was the stroke that left her paralized on one side. Stroke's are a serious thing and shouldn't be taken lightly.

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    Haiko,

    Good post.

    Strokes can not necessarily be reversed - once the blood flow has been cut off to the brain for a period of time, that part will not work. That being said they can administer drugs in the early onset of stroke that will severely reduce the affects.

    One other thing, and I can't stress this enough - don't hesitate to call 911 in any of these cases - better safe then sorry and you will save lives.

    Be healthy everyone.
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    Another indication of a blocked carodid artery is sudden temporary blindness in ONE eye maybe only a few seconds.

    The blood is cut off feeding the optic nerve for a few seconds
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    Great info to remember.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DesignerWiz
    Great info to remember.
    yes.

    I had a "mild" one in April. Affected speech, walking, and especially typing. I'm about 95% back now but still takes a while to post.

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    Thanks for the very important info Haiko!

    Herb, I am so sorry to hear that. I hope your recovery continues and will be 100% in the very near future.

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    Great info about stroke. Also, A history of a stroke increases the odds of experiencing another stroke.
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    This is very good to know...especially in a situation where the tendency is to panic, it's always good to have a plan of action. Went through something similar with my dad a couple years ago. Thankfully, it was not a stroke. Thanks, Haiko.

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    My dad has had several small strokes. This information is very important for everyone to be aware of. Thanks Haiko!

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    The acronym I learned was FAST:

    Face (look for asymmetries, e.g. the smile test)
    Arms (the raise the arms test)
    Speech (can they understand you? are they slurring their words?)
    Time (get them help FAST!)

    Scary stuff, all around.

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    Geeze, Herb, that's terrible. I had noticed you hadn't been around much lately but I figured you were busy with your new house and all. I'm so sorry you had this problem but I'm glad to hear you're getting back to normal. (Whatever the heck that is.)

    Good post, Haiko, good info to know!

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    Invaluable information. Thank you, H!

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    thanks for spreading it. i did not know much about it

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    For people at risk, there's non-invasive testing that can be done to check out the carotid artery. And having surgery done can prevent a stroke if done by a specialist skilled in vascular surgery.

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    Your speaking of a caroid duplex or ultrasound, problem with the test is it's only as good as the operator performing the test.

    The only way to sure is with an MRI with contrast.

    Most insurance will fight you on it, so yu can pay < 1,000 for it.

    Had a family member go thru this whole thing, in time it worked out.
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    With anything, quick action can save lives. My aunt was found by her son one morning on the floor beside her bed. Unknown to him she had a bleeding aneurysm, but his quick action calling for help, even in a small town, saved her life as it had just occurred and there was time to work with her. In a coma for nearly four weeks afterwards, having to learn to walk, talk and eat again, she is nearly back to normal and her doctors call her a miracle. Matter of fact, she is traveling 350 miles next week to see her doctor here in Omaha and will be visiting us then.
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    Haiko, passing along this kind of simple information is a real value. While staying at our FL retreat this past winter, we visited several times with a couple we met last year from Michigan.

    Don, the husband was an all state Baseball player, and an all state football player. He got a full ride at Michigan for both sports. After college he went into teaching and coached baseball and football at his HS alma mater.

    16 years ago, he was moving garden and patio furniture in preparation for he and Kathy's 20th anniversary when he suddenly stumbled for no reason and then collapsed to his knees.

    They got him in quickly but his entire left side is affected. It is very sad to see such an athletic, vital person now hobbled so seriously. So I will remember SMILE, TALK, RAISE. Thank you for passing it along and please thank your friend for me.

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    Blocked Carodid Artery
    Quote Originally Posted by PetsWarehouse.com
    Another indication of a blocked carodid artery is sudden temporary blindness in ONE eye maybe only a few seconds.

    The blood is cut off feeding the optic nerve for a few seconds
    This is great information! I'm finding such great information from this site. Thanks everyone!

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    Strokes...
    Quote Originally Posted by Herb ԿԬ
    yes.

    I had a "mild" one in April. Affected speech, walking, and especially typing. I'm about 95% back now but still takes a while to post.
    Wow Herb,

    just reading some the posts about "strokes" and you really don't how many people have be impacted by this accident until you read it for yourself! Thanks that people so willing to share their experiences. Thanks

    jackieanderson

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    A neurosurgeon told me once while tending to a loved one who had stroke, that between the time a stroke is suspected to the time someone can get to a hospital, asprin can do wonders to keep the blood flowing and help lesson the brain damage. I have since read the same thing in medical papers regarding strokes.

    He also said anyone over the age of 30 who smokes should take one regular asprin a day. I don't usually like to pass along medical ideas, but I really trust this man's expertise.

    I wish we would have known the signs of a stroke. We were clueless. We thought his inability to identify the right words for what he was trying to say was due to medication he was taking for a hip injury.
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    STROKE: Remember The 1st Three Letters.. S.T.R.
    Hi leeann,

    thanks for information about the aspirin a day. Since my stroke initially one of my meds prescribed "Plavix". Plavix is extremely expensive approximately between $325-$400 a month for a 30 day supply.

    Upon returning to Il and visiting my own Dr. I asked him about the cost and how was I suppose to pay for meds on my budget? He then changed that ion to the "Asprin A Day" regime.

    I would advise any one (especially you smokers) to be sure that you talk with your Dr., before starting the Aspirin a day. The Dr needs to decide what milligram dosage you should be using. Since I did have a stroke the dosage that the Dr prescribed for me is more than the normal recommended dosage.

    Something to consider. Thanks for all the great advise!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackieanderson
    Upon returning to Il and visiting my own Dr. I asked him about the cost and how was I suppose to pay for meds on my budget? He then changed that ion to the "Asprin A Day" regime.
    I understand there are drugs now that combine the effects of Plavix and a statin for cholesterol that are much lower in price.

    Yes, always pays to ask your doctor. And anyone even taking an 81mg dose of aspirin every day needs a regular blood test. That stuff works!

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    STROKE: Remember The 1st Three Letters.. S.T.R.
    Thanks Herb for the reply. You're right the Aspirin regime does work and to see your Dr before starting. I'm still learning so much about this incident. For example I've noticed there is a delay in sensing heat in my right hand.

    Prime example I took a pizza out of the oven. I had the oven mit on the left hand, and didn't realize that I didn't have it on the right hand.

    When I took the pizza out of the oven, I used my right hand. It wasn't until moments later did I realize that I had done such a foolish thing & I quickly with hot pizza still in hand hurriedly on the counter.

    There have been other incidents involving sensing heat with my right hand.
    I've learned to be very focused when cooking so I don't do anything fooling again. It's a learning experience!

    jackieanderson

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackieanderson
    Hi leeann,

    thanks for information about the aspirin a day. Since my stroke initially one of my meds prescribed "Plavix". Plavix is extremely expensive approximately between $325-$400 a month for a 30 day supply.

    jackieanderson
    Jackie, I am not sure where you live but Walgreens and Target have inexpensive drug plans for people who do not carry drug insurance. We were able to buy a 30-day supply of Plavix for about $110. Still a lot but not as bad as what you are paying. The good news is, Plavix will soon be available in generic form which drops the price to under $5.
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