Heart Trouble: How To Recognize A Heart Attack or Stroke

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I’ve saved this information from some emails I received through the years.

While it’s not “fun” per se, it sure will enable you to have more fun if you’re able to spot the signs of a heart attack or stroke with someone you love.

Here’s what you need to know…


How To Recognize A Stroke

This is from a forwarded e-mail, so I don’t know who to credit, but Snopes addresses the same e-mail.

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 having a stroke recognized, diagnosed and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough.

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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 3 simple questions:

  • S *Ask the individual to SMILE.
  • T *Ask the person to TALK, to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE. Coherently. (For example: “It is sunny out today.”)
  • R *Ask the person to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

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 other, that is also an indication of a stroke. If they have trouble with any one of these tasks, call 911 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.


Lifesaving Tips About Heart Attacks

60% of people don’t know that a sore jaw, when combined with chest pain, can signal a heart attack-especially in women.

True or False: If you cough during a heart attack, you could save your life. [Answer: False]

And finally… the signs of a heart attack for women are not the same as they are for men!

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