Creating Waves of Awareness
STROKE IDENTIFICATION begins with a little story to illustrate the point about how quickly a person may be affected.
During a BBQ, a woman 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, Jane went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening.
Jane's husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital and at 6:00 pm Jane passed away. She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ.
Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Jane would be
with us today. Some don't die. They end up in a helpless and hopeless condition instead.
Learning to Recognize Signs and Symptoms of Stroke
Slurred speech, unilateral facial droop, blurred vision, dis-coordination, and partial or total paralysis usually mark some trauma to the brain possibly through stroke or blood clot. Other signs include sudden numbness or weakness of the facial muscles, or weakness of one side of the body in the limbs. If the person experiences confusion, inability to speak or understand you and trouble with their vision. Does the person suddenly appear to have lost their balance and an unusual gait while walking? And, if a person has a severe excruciating headache with no known cause, seek medical attention right away.
Getting a person help as soon as possible may save their life or at least may stave off loss of function for the rest of their life.
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.
What Can A Person Do?
For the lay person, this message indicates that if we all know these three identifying factors, we can help a person in need sooner than later. The mnemonic to remember what to look for contains the three letters S-T-R
Take Note Of Your Decision
If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call emergency number immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher. One most important point to note when deciding what to do if a person has no problem with these three STR actions, the person may still be undergoing a mini-stroke or having a problem. These three indicators do not a diagnosis make.
Stick out Your Tongue
By the year 2005, another email went viral around the internet telling people another 'sign' of a stroke. Ask the person to 'stick' out his tongue.. If the tongue is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or the other, that is also an indication of a stroke. The problem on this test for stroke concerns the ambiguity of determining the measurement of crooked for each person. It has been determined that while a physician may find this useful, for a lay person it can't be a definite rule.
The above information has gone around the world via emails and blog posts.
If you receive these types of messages with warnings and instructions, always go to an Urban Legend, Hoax or Snopes website to check out what the experts say. They either tell you TRUE or FALSE with pages of background information.
In this case, they call it Stroke-Lore because these stories get passed around for years, unless you don't stop and wonder what is fact from fiction you aid the dissemination of information which may not need to go any further than your own computer.
Their links regarding the origin of this information no longer work. They claim the three steps were based upon a presentation at the 2003 American Stroke Association 28th annual conference.
These two associations have partnered together and you will notice their new logo.
The American Heart Association is a national voluntary health agency to help reduce disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
The American Stroke Association is solely focused on reducing disability and death from stroke.
Who Stokes The Strokes Hoax?
At the time of the original viral email notice, a new drug for stroke came out in the marketplace. Of course, we learn valuable life saving information about how to react and test when a person has lost certain functions and knowing we must call for emergency help.
However, it may be that certain messages seed the internet with planted information that certain organizations and businesses want us to know so that we will run to our doctor begging for new medications.
The drug tPA, approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1996, was under utilized to treat stroke patients and the medical establishment felt that this product could save more lives if given ASAP, as soon as possible to prevent these eschemic blood clots and strokes from causing major damage to the brain and circulatory system through the power to dissolve clots.
In certain situations the drug tPA would not be appropriate:
Can someone provide information about the use of baby aspirin on a daily basis. This has become common practice, especially in the elder community.
Not only does aspirin supposedly prevent heart attacks and strokes through it anti-coagulant properties, but can also deplete the stomach's protective lining, leading to the possibility of gastrointestinal bleeding, ulcer and possibly bleeding in the brain.
A low-dose tablet contains 80 milligrams (mg) of aspirin, compared with 325 mg in a regular strength tablet.
However, an analysis of data from major studies does not support the use of aspirin as a preventive medicine in people who have not had a heart attack, stroke or heart problems. In these people, aspirin provides no benefits and puts them at risk for side effects such as dangerous bleeding in the brain or stomach.
If your doctor does recommend daily aspirin to reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke, closely examine drug labels. Some drugs combine aspirin with other pain relievers or ingredients and should not be used for long-term aspirin therapy.
With all the millions of dollars going in to investigate new drugs to prevent heart disease and stroke, what can we learn from our masters concerning homeopathic remedies? Please visit Dr Aadil's Heart Health Group and listen to the radio shows.
Few years ago our beloved Granny was in the garden alone during a very hot summer day. She didn't wear hat and was outside during at noon. I already wrote about this incident in HWC...she had moderate stroke but enough strong as she managed to walk till the door (about 20 meters) in 1 hour. When i sensed her, i helped her on her bed...
We had Carbo Vegetabilis C 9 at home.
5 globules of Carbo Veg C 9 were immediately suckled then 20 minutes later another 5 globules were dissolved in 2 dl of water that she sipped. After the 1st 5 globules 50% amelioration was achieved 12 hours later she had 90% better. The next day she was fine.