Saturday, October 13, 2012

Identify possible Stroke Victims

Let’s start with a real life story of Mr. John.

Mr. John black was a successful business person. He was a truly happy person having a lovely wife and two children in his family.

Last Friday, he joined the marriage anniversary of his best friend Edam. It was really a gorgeous party. Lots of people lots of fun. He was enjoying the company of his close friends. While eating and taking with one of his friends, suddenly Mr. John tried to step back for some reason but he stumble over the floor tiles, he could not help and finally collapsed to the ground.
When he stood up with help of his friends, Edam noticed that John is shivering a little. Edam got worried. He was going to call in an ambulance but John assured him saying he is fine and there's no need to call in an ambulance. After some while John got normal and completed his dinner with his friends. He left the party late at night.

The Next morning Edam got a phone call from John’s wife, she told him that John has been taken to the hospital. The following evening John died.

The key message is that yesterday when the event occurred, John had a stroke and the ignorance of the occurrence cost his life. If any of his friends knew how to detect possible stroke, then he might still survive.

To avoid such situation in our real life, today we will know how to recognize stroke, and how medical care of the patient can be taken.

More or less we all are familiar with the word “stroke”. There might be hardly any person found around us those any dear one or relative didn’t suffer of it. Though we know the patient of high BP, diabetes, atrial fibrillation and over weighted persons and persons over the age of 50 are prone to stroke, most of us are not aware of its symptoms.

Stroke, also called brain attack causes due to disturbance in the blood supply to the brain. If blood flow is stopped for longer than a few seconds, brain cells can die, causing permanent disability. At extreme point it can lead to death of the patient.

The stroke might be of two types: ischemic stroke and hemorrhagic stroke. Ischemic stroke occurs when a blood vessel that supplies blood to the brain is blocked by a blood clot. A hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel in part of the brain becomes weak and bursts open, causing blood to leak into the brain.

A stroke victim usually feels sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg (especially on one side of the body), trouble of speaking, or difficulty understanding speech, sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes, dizziness, or loss of balance, sudden severe headache with no known cause. At extreme point it can lead to death of the patient.

Expert neurologist says, if a stroke can be detected immediately and victim can be taken to the hospital within three hours of stroke, his life could be saved.

So, if any of your dear one knowingly suffering of High BP or Diabetes have a horrible shock or gets hurt by falling down of standing, sitting or sleeping (even fall from bed), don’t ignore it or wait to see what happens next. Just use three simple tiers (S- smile, T - talk and R-raise) to identify the possible stroke victim.

Ask him/her to Smile, then talk with the patient in a long sentence and ask him to repeat it, and finally ask him to R- Raise both of his hands together. If the patient feels problem or pain to follow any of these instructions, do not delay and immediately take him to the hospital. Explain the situation and problem to the physician and tell them openly that you suspect the person a stroke victim.

So friends, get sincere and with these simple tiers save your dear one from possible stroke disaster.

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