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I would add to this that I read, in an alternative health newsletter, that hyperbaric oxygen is an excellent treatment after a stroke. Google: stroke hyperbaric.
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

It only takes a minute to read this- 

Recognizing a Stroke 

----- 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 getting to the patient
within 3 hours which is tough.


Thank God for the sense to remember the "3" steps. Read and Learn!

Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. 
Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may
suffer brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a

Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple

1. *Ask the individual to SMILE. 

2. *Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS. 

3. *Ask the person to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently) (i.e. . . It is
sunny out today) 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 prompt diagnosis and
treatment of the stroke and prevent brain damage. 

A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this e-mail sends it to 10 people;
you can bet that at least one life will be saved. 

could save their lives.

May you always have LOVE to share, HEALTH to spare and FRIENDS that care.
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