Thursday, January 29, 2009

Heart Health - Strokes

I was very sick last year and am still under Doctor’s care, so health issues are always on my mind.

That, coupled with the fact that my father dropped dead at 58 from a stroke, keeps Heart related issues high on my list. Sometimes the symptoms of a stroke are quite difficult to identify. Often, that's creates a disaster for the stroke victim who may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize that they are having a stroke.

I just received this info from a friend and thought it worthwhile enough to pass on. Doctors are now saying that a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:
  • Ask the person to SMILE.
  • Ask the person to TALK and coherently SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE such as “It is cold today.”
  • Ask the person to RAISE BOTH ARMS above their head.
If the person has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, CALL 911 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

To see how real women have coped with heart disease, check out the video at:

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